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The Way We Laughed(Così ridevano)

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Italy

1998

2h 4m

Director Gianni Amelio

Starring Enrico Lo Verso, Francesco Giuffrida, Fabrizio Gifuni, Calogero Caruana

Genre Drama

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Studying to become a teacher in Turin, Italy, Pietro is joined by his older brother, Giovanni, who has moved up from Sicily. While Giovanni is a worker with no schooling, Pietro shows considerable promise in academics, prompting the elder sibling to seek employment to support his brother's academic pursuits. Unfortunately, things don't go well for Giovanni and Pietro, and they face significant hardships as they try to improve their lives.

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60

Film Threat by

It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming.
90

L.A. Weekly by F. X. Feeney

Writer-director Gianni Amelio masterfully chronicles the ways two people can betray each other, and especially themselves, in the name of love.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

The film, beautifully shot in widescreen by Luca Bigazzi, is surprisingly accessible and always engaging, if ultimately tragic.
90

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The sweeping, confounding conclusion therefore unfolds with a beauty and an ease that seem truly organic. The Way We Laughed has that feeling of being a work of art.