The Way We Laughed

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 20, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: New Yorker
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Foreign Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 444
This is the kind of European film you rarely see anymore, with characters and circumstances that are easily debatable. Two viewers may never reach the same conclusion about the film.
Miami Herald
Feb 8, 2002
Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.
New Times
Feb 7, 2002
Rating: A- -- An unusual, tremendously moving film that nicely assumes we can read between the pictures. Full Review
Oregonian
May 24, 2002
The absorbing tale, in the rich dialect of Southern Italy (and not in standard Italian), is ... well-written and acted. Full Review
Film Journal International
Dec 9, 2001
Rating: 4/4 -- ... a masterpiece about filial love and the horrors of poverty.
Chicago Tribune
Mar 21, 2002
More frustrating than gripping thanks to the fractured, often confusing narrative and the director's pro-pensity for extremely long takes.
Hollywood Reporter
Nov 30, 2001
Rating: 71/100 -- It's tragic, sad and deeply moving.
Apollo Guide
Mar 23, 2002

Product Description:

A working class illiterate, Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), takes in his younger brother Pietro (Francesco Giuffrida). Sicilians displaced in late 1950s Turin, Italy, they struggle to get by with Giovanni working odd jobs while he pressures Pietro to keep with his studies. An economic shift in Italy sends the two brothers along decidedly different paths. The moralistic Giovanni finds himself profiting from the boom through ill-gotten gains while the irresponsible Pietro sticks with his schooling and becomes a respected teacher. Their roles now completely reversed, Pietro proves himself a responsible adult by covering for the corrupt actions of his brother.

Writer-director Gianni Amelio (L'AMERICA) presents this six-part saga about the economic influence on family roles and values. Each part is titled with a one-word theme such as "Blood" or "Money." These sections comprise one day in each of the story's six years, using subtleties of character and plot to relate the account of the two brothers. A work rich in emotion, THE WAY WE LAUGHED deftly weaves the tales of individuals, family, and a nation into one cohesive narrative.

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  • Theatrical Release Date: November 21, 2001 (NY)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 42,203
  • UPC: 717119792343
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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