A most elegant and psychologically sensitive as well as acute film by Comencini which explores parental loss (of more than one sorts) and self-punishment in the triad of relationships between a rich consul and his two sons. Nannuzzi's camerawork delivers images of immense beauty (the scene of children finishing school is of rare virtuosity) in a floral film of lyrical emotional intensity in depicting inner suffering.
Reviewed a few moments ago and i keep the same emotion in face of this cinematic prodigy: rarely - and with this formal perception maybe just only with Ozu - a camera was at the same level of the characters and its fair actors, framing in the observable space the sensitive spatiality of the unobservable, which for convenience we call emotion, thereby assigning it a body and, accordingly, the corresponding soul.
If you have to see only one movie directed by Luigi Comencini, choose this one. A little marvel of emotion ! The last scene with the father and the son deserves to stay in the annals of Cinema. Masterpiece.
Beautiful with a sort of magical innocence to it. The aggressive sentimentality can be forgiven by the gorgeous cinematography and amazing acting by the two kids. Cannot hate a movie that makes me cry in the theatre.
Il a fallu onze ans pour que ce film, boudé par la critique italienne, nous parvienne. Les personnages sont étudiés avec précision et finesse. C'est un mélodrame traité avec une pudeur extrême et une grande élégance. Comencini fait de ce film une étude impitoyable du phénomène social qu'est la famille et des malaises qu'il peut durablement engendrer... www.cinefiches.com