Three Brothers | Chicago Reader

Three Brothers

A film of quiet reflection and strengthening resolve (1980) by the superb Italian director Francesco Rosi (Eboli, Salvatore Giuliano). Three brothers who have gone their separate ways professionally and politically gather for the funeral of their mother at the southern farm where they grew up. For each man the homecoming is a chance to retreat from the wider world, make contact with his peasant upbringing, and consider his part in the complex social fabric of Italy. Though the conception is rather schematic and the acting isn't all it could be, Rosi's deep-focus camera work spins a vivid, lyrical drama of regret and rebirth, abstract ethics and pinpoint sensuality. Not Rosi's best, but still an important film by a major talent. With Philippe Noiret and Charles Vanel.

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