Owen Gleiberman
April 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Brother is an Only Child

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/28/08
performer
Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio
director
Daniele Luchetti
distributor
THINKFilm
genre
Foreign Language, Comedy

We gave it a B-

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-

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