The Way We Laughed
What's it About
Arriving in Torino from Sicily, impoverished and illiterate laborer Giovanni (Lo Verso) plans to help his teenage brother, Pietro (Giuffrida), in his efforts to become a schoolteacher. But the aloof, secretive Pietro evades Giovanni, a passionate striver who sees his younger sibling as the embodiment of hope and a better life. As the years pass, and city life begins to wear down Giovanni's resolve, he and Pietro have a momentous confrontation.
Why we love it
Amelio's despondent tale of two brothers seems to have been yanked straight out of Vittorio De Sica's playbook, with a dash of Biblical fraternal conflict to complete the picture. Lo Verso is a mesmerizing presence, as he touchingly conveys Giovanni's seemingly limitless love and naiveté. So, too, is Giuffrida, playing the mysterious, hard-to-read Pietro, who may not be everything he represents to Giovanni. A fascinating, puzzling study of loyalty and family bonds twisted by postwar Italy's unforgiving pace, "Laughed" will leave its mark on your heart.