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PG-13| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.

Cast: Roberto Benigni , Nicoletta Braschi , Giorgio Cantarini , Giustino Durano , Sergio Bustric , Marisa Paredes , Amerigo Fontani , Horst Bucholz

Director: Roberto Benigni

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

Life is Beautiful (1998)

Release Date: October 23rd, 1998|2 hr. 2 min.

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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Benigni sets out to do the impossible. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A rare blend of comedy and tenderness whose point is not the horrors of war but the lengths a parent will go to protect his child's innocence. show more

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