7 Favorite Foreign Films

From Italy, Sweden, France and Japan, movies that break the language barrier

THE BEST OF YOUTH MARCO TULLIO GIORDANA The lives of two brothers--one a doctor, one a soldier--mesh and collide over 40 years in this fascinating and often moving six-hour drama. Six hours? Yep. Too long for a sit in a movie house, but just right for an evening or two's home adventure. This is old-fashioned filmmaking--beautiful people facing horrible problems--at its most seductive. At times it strains to represent every aspect of late 20th century Italy in one family (a Red Brigades radical is told to kill a prominent attorney, who is--her brother-in-law!). But that happens in novels, and this is a...

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