My Brother Is an Only Child is situated in the town of Latina, a former bastion of Mussolini, and is set in the 1960s and 1970s. The political tensions that reign fall on the fertile soil for the extreme political choices of two brothers from an exemplary working class family that lives in a dwelling much too small and personifies many Italian characteristics. The boys continually battle for their social convictions and personal desires with the harsh reality that surrounds them, but also with each other. Not only do they both believe in their own absolute truth, they also both fall for the same girl. The intellectual Accio, who has left the seminary because there's no room there for critical questions, throws himself fairly naively into the Fascist party, influenced by an older acquaintance. The slightly older Manrico turns into a Communist idealist who wants to get the workers out of the factories and on to the barricades. The boys are repeatedly confronted with new choices and keep losing sight of each other before clashing again unmercifully.
My Brother Is an Only Child won four Donatellos (Italian Oscars), including one for the best actor (Elio Germano as Accio), and for the screenplay, which was written by the director Daniele Luchetti together with Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, the writers of the famous Italian film epic La meglio gioventù.

International title
My Brother Is an Only Child
Filmmaker
Daniele Luchetti
Country
Italy
Year
2007
Medium
35mm
Length
108’
Language
Italian
Producer
Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Production Company
Cattleya
Sales
THINKFilm International
Writer
Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia, Daniele Luchetti, based on the book Il Fasciocomunista by Antonio Pennachi
Cinematography
Claudio Collepiccolo
Editor
Mirco Garonne
Production Design
Francesco Frigeri
Sound Design
Bruno Pupparo
Music
Franco Piersanti
Cast
Alba Rohrwacher, Riccardo Scamarcio