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This movie's description is not overstated.
The English dubbing is seemless so you don't have to read subtitles.
Your journey starts immediately with Roberto, carefree and unphased by the... Read more coming war, pursuing the love of his life who is betroved to another more affluent.
His comical endeavours almost hides the political changes looming in the background, as the first part of this movie brings a smile to every romantic. Without warning fortunes change and he finds himself and everyone he loves evacuated to a German labour camp.
Survival is now his only goal, and perhaps the most touching tread to this story line is how he tries to protect a four year old boy amidst the horrors of camp life.
Advice to viewers: Don't be genre specific, this story is one that will touch everyone. (even my 16 yr old gothic daughter who is into horrors)
Guys: this is not a chick flick.
Ladies: it is not an action war movie.
Others: it is not a meaningless foreign comedy.
It is an emotional rollercoaster, and even if you wouldn't normally go for this genre, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Delightful story with a leading plot, showing commitment to the real life story. Well Done for the heart felt father and son relationship.
Very entertaining and at the same time poignant with tradegy which is always threatening. Rivetting story. But you must love foreign movies and subtitles to appreciate this gem.
If you don't like foreign movies or can't follow subtitles then move on...
But you will be missing a great movie.
Set before and during the holocaust during WW2 this is anything but a typical... Read more holocaust movie.
Benigni delivers an emotional anti-war story of life and love with humor and grace, that will tug at your heart.
This film is AMAZING. I'm not one for war movies in general, but this is something else entirely. The beautifully told story will have you laughing and crying throughout. Just wonderful.
A film of great importance from an historical and artistic viewpoint. Such a funny/sad film. When all the world goes mad, a simple man manages to hold his family together through the medium of fun. I loved this film.
I was unable to get English language superimposed over the French. It was not possible to read the English subtitles and enjoy the video action as well.
This film started really badly with very poor comedy, and we nearly stopped watching. However we perservered and were quite enthralled with how it unfolded, and were amazed at the quirks and twists... Read more, the ending was quite emotional - it turned out to be a great film, the story written with a clever imagination.
I'm not quite sure how I ended up with this movie? I don't recall choosing it? Perhaps I selected it by mistake? Nevertheless it was actually quite good considering I had no idea what it might be... Read more about. This is a heartbreaking story of a man who falls in love, gets the girl, marries her, has a son, and then the war/nazi's come and try to take it all away. He desperately tries to hold things together so his family can survive the holicaust.
Couldn't get it to play in English, so had to watch it in Italian. Non-stop talking and slapstick action. Probably the most irritating movie I have ever tried to watch. More or less unwatchable.