• My Brother Is an Only Child (2008)

My Brother Is an Only Child

Release Date: March 28th, 2008

R |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Two brothers living in Latina, Italy, grow up against the backdrop of the tumultuous Years of Lead. Manrico Benassi (Riccardo Scamarcio) joins the Communist party, while his impressionable younger brother, Accio (Elio Germano), returns from seminary school a full-blooded Fascist. As the years wear on, Accio and Manrico's family loyalty is tested by their political differences and their dueling loves for Francesca (Diane Fleri), a compassionate and intelligent activist.

Cast: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Diane Fleri, Alba Rohrwacher, Angela Finocchiaro, Vittorio Emanuele Propizio, Luca Zingaretti, Massimo Popolizio

Director: Daniele Luchetti

Genres: Comedy , Crime drama

Production Co: Cattleya

Keywords: 1960s , Rivalry , Growing up , Mother , 1970s , Brother , Love , Family , Amusing , Father , Love triangle , Melodramatic ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Moviegoers of a certain age may feel as though they are watching a lost Bertolucci film. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It’s a history lesson, a look at ’60s strife inside a corner far removed from our more familiar American images of that era. It’s also brightly performed, from sullen, boorish, yet charismatic Scamarcio to the instinctive, charming, infuriating characterization by Germano. show more

  • 88
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    There's a hilarious performance of a "de-fascisized" version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," and the soundtrack prominently features an Italian version of the crypto-fascist girl-group classic "I Will Follow Him," a joke Kenneth Anger first made in "Scorpio Rising" that's still funny today. show more

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