The First Beautiful Thing


Comedy / Drama

IMDb Rating 7.1 10 4,451


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June 15, 2020



Isabelle Adriani as Giuliana Cenerini 1971-1981
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1.1 GB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
122 min
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2.27 GB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
122 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Iwould 9 / 10 / 10

a moving movie

A beautiful and touching movie. The actors are really good - Pandolfi and Mastandrea deliver probably their best performance ever, while the common effort of Stefania Sandrelli and Micaela Rammazzotti depicts a wonderful, unforgettable female lead character, that somehow accomplish the not so easy task of being at the same time down-to-earth and larger-than-life. The story is full of grief and pain, and thanks to the overall great acting performance, those feelings seem so real that they will make you suffer (and cry). At the same time, anyway, the script is full of funny moments that will make you laugh, and laughs will wash away the tears – you know, just like in the real life. Strongly recommended to anybody.

Reviewed by johno-21 10 / 10 / 10


I recently saw this at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This film picked up three prestigious Donatello Awards (Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay) in Italy and is that country's official submission to the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category. The story begins in the 1971 when Anna (Michella Ramazzotti), the beautiful wife of Mario (Sergio Albelli) wins a local Mrs. beauty pageant. The jealous Mario eventually throws out Anna and their two children and so begins their journey throughout this film that leads to the present day where the older Anna (Stefania Sandrelli) is dying and her daughter Valeria (Claudia Pandolfi) coaxes her brother Bruno (Valerio Mastanrea), now a professor who has a drug problem and has become estranged from his mother and sister, to pay his last respects while Anna is still alive. Told in a series of flashbacks to the past interwoven very smartly with the present this is a clever film and story with lots of wit and charm and a great cast. Also stars Fabriza Sacchi as Sandra, Anna's estranged sister. Anna stole Sandra's boyfriend Mario and when Mario and Anna split he returned to Sandra. There are lots of interesting subplots and a great supporting cast including the young actors who play Bruno and Valeria in childhood and as teenagers. Paolo Virzi directs this film and his real-life wife Ramazzotti in a family friendly manner where violence and sex are implied and not gratuitous. Nicely shot by veteran cameraman Nicola Pecorini in his feature film debut as a cinematographer. Film veterans Production Designer Tonino Zera, Set Decorator Donato Tieppo and Costume Designer Gabriella Pescucci have a clever collective eye for detail in recreating the flashback scenes of the 1970's and blend them seamlessly with the look of present day with the help of Film Editor Simone Manetti. Writer/Director Virzi wrote the original story for film with the intention of making it seem like it was adapted from a novel help of co-screenwriters Francesco Bruni and Francesco Picolo. Virzi and Ramazzotti were on hand at my screening for a Q&A. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10 and recommend it.

Reviewed by alrodbel 10 / 10 / 10


Confusing, unable to follow the plot, too many people pop in and out....yes, exactly like a child feels watching a world he or she barely understands. This is not to everyone's taste, as a matter of fact the people who saw this with me at the local college mostly didn't get it, couldn't make sense of who the people are-and the early character transition between the child who sees his mother win the prize of most sexy mom to the professor who needed constant drugs to ease his adult existential pain was not clear. So, for those who have the good fortune to see the film, read the synopsis first, but don't worry about all the people who pop in and out. There is a boy and his little sister, first seen when his mother is thrown out of the apartment by their violent father. But they had each other, even though he called her "dummy" it was with love, something that sustained her even in the flash forward when the mother was dying, but even in her last days the mother never lost a joi de vive that was always a part of her, never knowing how it hurt her son so deeply. This may be representative of Italian films, Italian culture, where there is a vitality, from the pinching of a sexy women's ass to laughing in the face of terminal illness, that is strange to American viewers. But oh what a relief to see it represented so beautifully in all its sensuous chaos.

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