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2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
Flashbacks reveal the reasons behind a sullen teacher's (Valerio Mastandrea) estrangement from his family, especially his now-dying mother.

Cast: Valerio Mastandrea , Micaela Ramazzotti , Stefania Sandrelli , Claudia Pandolfi , Dario Ballantini , Marco Messeri , Fabrizia Sacchi , Sergio Albelli

Director: Paolo Virzi

Genres: Drama

La prima cosa bella (2010)

Release Date: April 15th, 2011|2 hr. 2 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A streak of "Cinema Paradiso" runs through this Italian dramedy - and while it lacks that film's overflowing emotion, it's filled with its own artfulness and warmth. show more

  • 60
    Natasha Senjanovic The Hollywood Reporter

    Spans four decades of a troubled family with enough gentle pathos and sly humor to compensate for a less than original storyline. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    It's fair to say that men in general and ardent Catholics in particular don't come off well. Yet even they are humanized by the movie's merciful temper, and by a cast of damaged ancillary characters wearing eccentric goodwill on their sleeves. show more

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