26 August 2010
La Vita è Bella (1997)
What kind of place is this? It's beautiful: Pigeons fly, women fall from the sky! I'm moving here!
So basically: In Italy, during Hitler's reign, a humorous book keeper, Guido, and his family, a wife and son, are put into a concentration camp for being Jewish. In order to keep his son safe and happy, he pretends the camp is a game. The grand prize is a real life tank and you need one thousands points to win.
I cried many times during this movie and I don't think any of them were the actual sad parts. The film just overwhelms you with this feeling, making you cry. Which is not a bad thing, because you come out of this movie with a good outlook. I didn't think it was possible to make a film about concentration camps this charming; Roberto Benigni has the perfect blend of humour, light-heartedness, and serious subject matter.
This movie should totally be higher on the list and I think everyone should see it.
Ziggi seal of approval!