The screenwriters behind The Best of Youth return to themes of love and idealism in 1960s Italy

My Brother Is an Only Child

on January 14, 2008 by Richard Mowe

A coming-of-age tale that spans 15 years of Italian history through the trials and tribulations of Accio and Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio and Elio Germano), My Brother Is an Only Child deals with multiple layers, from politics through the family to love and loyalty.

The two brothers differ widely in their convictions and personalities: One is surly and impulsive, the other handsome and charismatic. Director Daniele Luchetti adopts a lightness of tone that makes the subject matter universally accessible while staying true to its Italian roots, illustrating the cracks that divide his country, the Right, the Left, North and South and the rich and the poor.

Freely inspired by Antonio Pennacchi’s novel Il fasciocomunista, Luchetti deliberately set out to make a film that was not overtly political but rather about people caught up by the tide of the times. Handsomely shot and astutely cast, My Brother Is an Only Child should achieve the same attention and success accorded to The Best of Youth, whose scriptwriters worked with Luchetti on this one.

Distributor: ThinkFilm
Cast: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scarmaccio and Diane Fleri
Director: Daniele Luchetti
Screenwriters: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli and Daniele Luchetti
Producers: Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini and Riccardo Tozzi
Genre: Drama; Italian-language, subtitled
Rating: Not yet rated
Running time: 104 min.
Release date: March 28, 2008 NY
Reviewed: Festival de Cannes 2007

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