My Brother is an Only Child

two and a half stars out of five Quite an enjoyable tale of an Italian family and in particular the two brothers who, as they grow up, adopt radically opposed political views. They are both activists for their respective causes, leading to unbearable tension levels in the family, local town and beyond.

There’s also an underplayed love triangle at work, which ultimately takes us to the film’s tragic denouement.

It’s a revealing insight into the political rivalries of the period (60s/70s), and how much it meant to people. While it’s good to see something other than the political apathy that tends to afflict the UK these days, mostly I ended up wanting them to chill out a bit – have a bit of a laugh about their differences in the local bar or something – and not take it all so damned seriously.

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