Solino | Chicago Reader

Solino

Fatih Akin's two-hour domestic drama spans two decades in what somehow feels like real time. In 1964 a loving Italian couple and their two boys move to Germany in search of a better life; ten years later prosperity has brought material comfort but unraveled the family bonds. The theme of sibling rivalry taken to cruel extremes is undermined by the opacity of the characters' motivations and cliched evocations of 60s and 70s atmosphere. Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola, Run and Das Experiment) is wasted in the underwritten role of the older brother; Barnaby Metschurat is cloyingly earnest as the younger son. Allusions to Cinema Paradiso only accentuate the hollowness of the film's sentimental denouement. In German and Italian with subtitles. 2002.

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