• Life Is Beautiful (1998)

Life Is Beautiful

Release Date: October 23rd, 1998

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 Bini Bustric, Marisa Paredes, Amerigo Fontani, Horst Bucholz

Director: Roberto Benigni

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Miramax, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinema

Keywords: Playful, Emotional, Family, Moving, Love, Son, Sacrifice, 1940s, Mother, Hotel, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Finds the right notes to negotiate its delicate subject matter. show more

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew 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

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A deeply moving blend of cold terror and rapturous hilarity. Lovingly crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker, it's that rare comedy that takes on a daring and ambitious subject and proves worthy of it. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Directing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Foreign Language Film