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But Forever in My Mind back to product details

Italian Kids at the Turn of the Millennium
written by talltale July 7, 2005 - 6:24 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The review posted here by Scaramouche is absolutely on the mark. With only his second film BUT FOREVER IN MY MIND (made in 1999), writer/director Gabriele Muccino seems to have begun an unusual look at Italian society, starting with teenagers, continuing with the 20-/30-somethings of "The Last Kiss" (2001) and ending (no: more please!) with the 40-year-olds of "Remember Me, My Love" (2003). Interestingly, each subsequent film has declined slightly in level of quality--all are worth seeing (maybe twice)--and each has also grown in cynicism and sadness.

"But Forever in My Mind" tracks a group of high-schoolers as they protest the government's education policies, get angry at their parents, fall in and out of love--and (the boys) try desperately to lose their virginity. While this may sound typical (except for the protesting: since Vietnam, we've not seen America's youth care much about anything outside themselves), Muccino's look at all this is wonderfully buoyant and filled with love and caring. His view is a smart combo of satire and reality (his kids are protesting, yes, but as usual, protest and raging hormones join forces), and the performances of the young actors are priceless.

The final few scenes are groundbreaking. The way the director includes all that has gone before into a moment usually handled with bump-and-grind obviousness is spectacular. He turns sex into everything kids hope it will be but so rarely achieve--and he does it with grace, style and true, deep feeling. Muccino's other two films would seem to indicate that he sees Italian society moving in a materialistic, downhill manner. Having viewed this early film last, I think I better understand what this director is doing. I'm enormously impressed, and I suspect you will be, too. See all three movies, but don't miss this one.

A Delightful Coming of Age Film
written by Scaramouche June 20, 2005 - 10:58 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I'm not sure why anyone rated this below a "5" except that there's no accounting for taste. Just getting to see an Italian teenage genre film, rarely found in the U.S., was fun. The energy of the kids in the film is really infectious and the combination of poignancy and satire worked well for me. The parent-adolescent interactions are almost perfect. The young actors are totally believable in their roles. It's a comment on our misguided cinematic merchandising that this film has been almost totally invisible in the U.S. (although it did show in NY and Dennis Lim gave it a nice plug in The Village Voice) . It's great that GreenCine has it.


(Average 6.15)
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