Gian Paolo Cugno’s film, “La Bella Società” [Eng. The Good Society] is a family drama spanning forty years of the lives of two Sicilian brothers. The film covers various sociological/historical events during the period that challenged deep rooted values within a traditional Sicilian society.
Young Giuseppe and Giorgio are protective of their mother Maria – after their father had been taken away by gangsters several years ago. Even if Maria is resigned to the fact that he is no longer alive, the boys are in denial, and when she meets and falls in love with a casting director from Rome, they go to extraordinary lengths to discourage their relationship. This leads to an unfortunate accident in which the casting director gets killed and Giorgio, blinded. When Maria hears the news, the shock causes a miscarriage and she dies too, leaving Giuseppe to take care of his brother from a tender age. He becomes protective of his brother and when they grow up, a time will come when they will need to go their separate ways.
The film has some decent production values, and the cinematography offers some great views of both Sicily and Turin, where the bulk of the events take place. On the whole, the film is well made and worth watching – Recommended Viewing..!
The Nudity: Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Simona Borioni