Friday, December 3, 2010

The First Beautiful Thing (2010)

The First Beautiful Thing / La Prima Cosa Bella (2010)

Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Paolo Virzi
Starring: Valerio Mastrandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Claudia Pandolfi, Stefania Sandrelli
Duration: 122 min.
Rating: 7.5/10

In 1971, at a popular beach establishment near the Tuscan port of Livorno, yummy-mummy Anna is roped into a beauty contest which she easily wins.  Her jealous husband, Mario, is enraged by the attention from assorted wolf-whistlers, while 8-year-old son Bruno, is horrified by the spectacle of it all.  His younger sister, Valeria, is the only one enjoying the scene.  Jump to the present, when Bruno gets an urgent visit from Valeria telling him their mother is dying.  Bruno tries to wriggle out of going back to Livorno but finally agrees, the trip triggering bittersweet memories.


Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing, is Italy's submission to the 83rd Academy Awards.  A funny and moving dramatic comedy told through a series of flashbacks.  I think some of you may welcome the change of pace from the bleak and serious films of late.         


Politricks77 said...

Italian movies are usually nice

Adalmin said...

Why yes, I do enjoy the change of pace ;P I love how this movie works with walls though, the composition is beautiful especially for pics 2, 3 and 8!

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