March 28, 2008
(NY; LA release: Apr. 4)
Director: Daniele Luchetti
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Screenwriters: Daniele Luchetti, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli
Starring: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Zingaretti, Anna Bonaiuto, Massimo Popolizio
Set in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world – but in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio), is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party. Accio, (Elio Germano) the younger, more rebellious brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists. What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes the story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times and, the rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother's girlfriend, Francesca (Diane Fleri) who, like everyone else, is blind to Manrico’s increasingly dangerous ideas.