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Happy times-sad times...Lost generations
on 17 June 2009
The film is a lively portrayal of life in the Italian countryside in the 1960's. Benassi family is a typical working class family with two sons and one daughter.While the father is a factory worker the family struggles to make ends meet. The small child gets kicked out of seminar school, while the big brother is fast organizing a union in the factory which he just entered. In the boiling cauldron of the 1960's political arena the youths get active in radical left and right wing organizations.
The growing up of a young man is showed beautifully in the film. His first days in school, his first love, first fight, friends and foes. The politically important place of the university in the 1960's left wing movement is mentioned in the film as well as far right followers of the Mussolini's fascist movement.Also mentioned in the film is the ordinary people's desire to have a decent life i.e living in better housing.
The ending of the film is somewhat saddening and wrong conclusions can be drawn from it: When you are young it is natural that you are engaged in politics but when you grow old and take responsibilities you should retire from radical views. You should not question the system and try to survive. Or else...you can be shot at by the police in the broad daylight, you can be jailed and your child can be a virtual orphan etc. I do not agree. These things can happen and did happen but they should not have happened to those who seek their rights for better days in the future.