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My Brother is an Only Child (2008) One hardly needs to have grown up Italian in the '60s to feel a pang of nostalgia watching My Brother Is an Only Child ,… 2008-03-28 Unrated PT108M Comedy Foreign Language Elio Germano Riccardo Scamarcio THINKFilm
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My Brother is an Only Child (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Elio Germano, My Brother is an Only Child | MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD Elio Germano (pictured, with Diane Fleri) in this Italian throwback to the old-style art film
MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD Elio Germano (pictured, with Diane Fleri) in this Italian throwback to the old-style art film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Mar 28, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 108 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Foreign Language; With: Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio; Distributor: THINKFilm

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-

Originally posted Apr 11, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints