A highly sensitive film that reconstructs the relationships, disappointments and hopes of young people in an Italy transformed by Fascism and war
A dream-like and painful historical and geographical portrait, perfectly framed by the lighting of Vittorio Storaro
The film was adapted from the autobiography of Luigi Preti, who had been a member of the Italian Constituent Assembly. It accurately reconstructs a historical context and is a complex portrait that delves into the contradictions, lost hopes and bitterness of a generation whose youth was marked by the Fascist period. It does so without preaching, and maintains a balanced perspective that helps us to understand those critical years. It is both dream-like and painfully realistic, with an ideal setting in foggy Ferrara, shot by Vittorio Storaro. This film deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated.
Giulio, the son of a tailor, is close friends with Giordano and Mauriccia. Giordano and Mauriccia are brother and sister, and come from a well-off family of landowners. The film shows their youth growing up in Fascist Italy, and then follows their fortunes during the Second World War. They have very different destinies: Giulio joins the Fascists, while Giordano secretly fights against them. Mariuccia marries an aviator, putting an end to Giulio’s dreams of being with her. Despite history dividing them, the strong bond between them never lets them become enemies.