Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

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  • Roberto Benigni in his Oscar®-winning role as Guido Orefice
  • Giorgio Cantarini stars as Giosue
  • Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Roberto Benigni and Giorgio Cantarini in Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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12 November 2000 | gbheron
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| A Movie About Hope
Life Is Beautiful takes the premise that love and hope can survive the most trying of conditions, in this case a Nazi concentration camp. Most everyone knows this very popular and honored film, so I won't belabor the story. Briefly, in my humble opinion, this film deserves all the accolades it's been awarded. A near perfect film, my only gripe is that Mr. Benigni's performance could have been more understated, especially the half of the film that's set in the concentration camp. But this is only a slight complaint. For a joyful, life-affirming movie, Life Is Beautiful is tops. But be forewarned, as its principal backdrop of anti-Semitism and Nazi murder, it is not a very happy movie.

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