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Three Brothers (1981 film)

Three Brothers
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Film poster
Directed by Francesco Rosi
Produced by Antonio Macri
Giorgio Nocella
Written by Tonino Guerra
Francesco Rosi
Starring Philippe Noiret
Michele Placido
Music by Pino Daniele
Piero Piccioni
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release dates
  • 15 May 1981 (1981-05-15) (France)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Three Brothers (Italian: Tre fratelli) is a 1981 Italian film based on a work by Andrei Platonov. It was directed by Francesco Rosi and stars Philippe Noiret, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Michele Placido and Charles Vanel.

The film won the Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Foreign Film, and the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director and Actor. It received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] It was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


In a farmhouse in southern Italy, an old woman, the matriarch of an Italian family, dies. Her husband summons their three sons, each of whom are facing difficult personal problems, back to their farmhouse. One of their sons, Raffaele, is a judge living in Rome, who is presiding over a terrorism case for which he risks assassination, and is in fear of his life. Another son, Rocco, who lives in Naples, is religious and works as a counselor at a correctional institute for boys, so that he can fulfill his dream of helping troubled teenagers. The third son, Nicola, who lives in Turin, is a factory worker involved in a labour dispute as well as a failed marriage. Each of the men grieves in his own way, while also wrestling with the other emotional issues that are pressing on them.

The sons encounter the past and engage in reveries of what may come: Raffaele imagines his death, Rocco dreams of lifting the youth of Naples out of violence, drugs, and corruption, Nicola pictures embracing his estranged wife. Meanwhile, the old man and his young granddaughter explore the rhythms of the farm and grieve together.


See also


  1. ^ "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Three Brothers". Retrieved 2009-06-07. 

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