Accio (Elio Germano) is the cause of his parents desperation; irritable and a trouble-maker, impulsive and explosive, fighting every battle like a war. His brother Manrico is handsome, charismatic, loved by all, but just as dangerous... In the Italian small-town life of the 60s and 70s, the two brothers have opposite political beliefs, are in love with the same woman and through an endless confrontation, they live a period of their lives filled with escaping, re-tuning, fighting and great passions. It is a story about growing up, where fifteen years of Italian history pass by as we experience the adventures of Accio and Manrico, two brothers, very different, yet so alike.
Well worth a watch!
- My Brother Is an Only Child review by Clairemagnolia
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From the start this film is paced really well and draws you straight in to the lives of Accio, his brother Manrico and their family in 1960s Italy. The casting is superb and the direction also - I learned from the interview with Luchetti (included on the disc) that many of the scenes were filmed with little or no rehearsal and this contributes, I think, to the spontaneity of the action - especially the fight sequences. Some very moving scenes as the film takes us into the 1970s and Accio comes of age...
There is a good deal of humour as well as angst, and the soundtrack is memorable although used very sparingly throughout.
I watched this twice in a week and would thoroughly recommend it.