La Famiglia (The Family) (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Famiglia (The Family) (1987)




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A family history is recalled by the venerable patriarch Carlo (Vittorio Gassman) as he prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday. Young Carlo (Andrea Massimo) marries Beatrice (Stefania Sandrelli) in 1926 but later has an illicit affair with her bohemian artist sister Adriana (Fanny Ardant). Fascism, World War II, and the raising of children and grandchildren mark the passing of a lifetime. Old Carlo lives with his grandson where his recollections are interrupted by the gentle nagging of his beloved Beatrice. This feature received an Oscar nomination in 1987 for "Best Foreign Film."


Vittorio Gassman
as Carlo, as a man / Carlo's grandfather
Andrea Occhipinti
as Carlo as a young man
Fanny Ardant
as Adriana
Jo Ciampa
as Young Adriana
Alberto Gimignani
as Giulio, as a boy
Massimo Dapporto
as Giulio, as a boy
Carlo Dapporto
as Giulio, as a man
Cecilia Dazzi
as Beatrice, as a girl
Jo Champa
as Adriana (as a girl)
Athina Cenci
as Aunt Margherita
Monica Scattini
as Aunt Ornella
Ricky Tognazzi
as Paolino, as a man
Renzo Palmer
as Uncle Nicola (old)
Meme Perlini
as Aristide
Sergio Castellitto
as Carletto, as a man
Marco Vivio
as Carletto (as a boy)
Giuseppe Cederna
as Enrico (as a man)
Paola Agosti
as Juliette II
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Critic Reviews for La Famiglia (The Family)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

[The Family] has the manner of a film that was conceived as an idea: a family chronicle that unfolds entirely within a single set, thus to call attention to the blood ties that bind. The characters and events were thought up later.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

Ettore Scola's The Family, an album with a velvet cover, is meant to touch the extended family of man. But like somebody else's home movies, after a while it simply wears thin.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

La Famiglia is a vital work from a living icon, the Italian Ettore Scola. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Though the subject matter here isn't particularly new or surprising, never has any filmmaker captured more eloquently the love and fury that coexist within every family.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

An excellent intergenerational family drama that traces 80 years of Italian history through the life of one man, without leaving the walls of his Roman apartment.

September 8, 2004 | Rating: A-

Charts the vocabulary of love within one household over a period of 80 years.

July 15, 2003 | Full Review…

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