One hardly needs to have grown up Italian in the ’60s to feel a pang of nostalgia watching My Brother Is an Only Child, Daniele Luchetti’s tale of small-town brothers. The young men chafing against the provinces, the arias of Marxist discontent, the hero’s affair with an older woman — the movie is a veritable scrapbook of tropes from the heyday of art film. Maybe that’s why it feels gauzy and quaint. Yet time passes pleasantly. As Accio, who joins the Fascist party because he’s got little else, Elio Germano is dim, scrappy, likable — Jughead as a hothead. B-
Genre: Foreign Language, Comedy; Starring: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio; Director: Daniele Luchetti; Release Date Limited: 03/28/2008; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: THINKFilm
Posted April 9 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
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