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The First Beautiful Thing

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A grown man discovers the tragic truth about the mother he once shunned in this poignant family drama from director Paolo Virz (CATERINA IN THE BIG CITY, A WHOLE LIFE AHEAD). In the early 1970s, single mother Anna lived in a provincial Italian town with her two small children. A divorced woman with no career prospects, she struggles to remain optimistic for her children while doing everything within her power to provide for them. Rejected by her embittered son, she soldiers on bravely, and attempts to teach both the boy and his sister to appreciate life's little pleasures. Decades later, Anna's children are all grown up, and she receives a devastating diagnosis. Lying on her death bed, she is elated when they both return to say their final farewells. It's only then that Anna is able to reveal the truth about her turbulent past, and her children learn to appreciate the incredible sacrifices she made for them in the name of love.
  • Credits
    Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi, Marco Messeri
  • Critic Reviews
    "Comedy and poignancy weave together in Mr. Virzi's hands....And Ms Pandolfi gives such an exquisitely understated performance that you don't realize until the very end that the film was as much about her character as it was about Bruno and Anna."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "With a fine cast and professional production values, this simple story of a long-suffering but life-loving mother and the trouble she goes through for her kids is touching and accessible..."
    Box Office

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