Plot: A working class illiterate, Giovanni (Enrico Lo Verso), takes in his younger brother Pietro (Francesco Giuffrida). Sicilians displaced in late 1950s Turin, Italy, they struggle to get by with Giovanni working odd jobs while he pressures Pietro to keep with his studies. An economic shift in Italy sends the two brothers along decidedly different paths. The moralistic Giovanni finds himself profiting from the boom through ill-gotten gains while the irresponsible Pietro sticks with his schooling and becomes a respected teacher. Their roles now completely reversed, Pietro proves himself a responsible adult by covering for the corrupt actions of his brother.
Writer-director Gianni Amelio (L'AMERICA) presents this six-part saga about the economic influence on family roles and values. Each part is titled with a one-word
theme such as "Blood" or "Money." These sections comprise one day in each of the story's six years, using subtleties of character and plot to relate the account of the two brothers. A work rich in emotion, THE WAY WE LAUGHED deftly weaves the tales of individuals, family, and a nation into one cohesive narrative.
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