Top Twenty of the Decade #12

Sicilian Commissario: And what do you do, with these rules?

12. The Best of Youth (2005) – Dir. Marco Tuillio Giordana

A little background on this masterpiece:

1. It originally played at Cannes in 2003 and won Un Certain Regard Award.
2. Next it aired on Italian TV.
3. And eventually it made its way to U.S. Cinemas in 2005.
4. I finally watched it early 2006 on DVD.
5. It’s 6 hours long.
6. It’s worth every second.

I don’t want to go into too much detail as to what the movie is about, because it will sound cheap, unimpressive and not worth 6 hours of valued time. Simply put, it’s a family saga spread over 40 years of Italian history, that focuses on two brothers. But it’s a lot more complicated and beautiful than that.

It may not have recognizable stars, but all the acting is top-notch. It may be foreign film with a small budget, but the production value is great.

It isn’t flashy with the camera but there are some tremendous shots that sneak up on you, tap you on the shoulder, and whisper in your ear, “I’m amazing”.

And the same goes for the dramatic beats of the film. Some moments are so powerful, and so emotional, but you don’t see them coming and they don’t even announce themselves when they arrive. They just are. There’s a certain grace in how the film weaves together the ups and downs of life without being dull or obvious.

I also quite enjoyed knowing nothing about it before I watched it. As it travels through 40 years of storytelling and history, I was never sure how long we would be spending in a given year or what year we would stop on. Would 1980 get 20 minutes of screen time or 60? I didn’t know. Would we jump 4 or 10 years into the future? You’ll have to watch and find out.

There are many times I paused the film while watching with my wife, turned to her and said, “Perfect, just perfect” and then hit play again. If you give this one a chance, it will reel you in and it will break your heart.

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2 responses to “Top Twenty of the Decade #12

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