The First Beautiful Thing

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The film tells the story of the Michelucci family, from the nineteen-seventies to the present day: the central character is the stunningly beautiful Anna, the lively, frivolous and sometimes embarrassing mother of Bruno and Valeria. Everything begins in the Summer of 1971, at the annual Summer beauty pageant held at Livorno’s most popular bathing establishment. Anna is unexpectedly crowned “Most Beautiful Mother”, unwittingly stirring the violent jealousy of her husband. From then on, chaos strikes the family and for Anna, Bruno and his sister Valeria, it is the start of an adventure that will only end thirty years later. Bruno ends up living in Milan after managing to escape from Livorno and his mother. He will return to his hometown at the end of the film to be at his mother’s side during her very last days.

  1. Paolo Virzì


  2. Francesco Bruni


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  1. Valerio Mastandrea

    Valerio Mastandrea

    Bruno Michelucci

  2. Micaela Ramazzotti

    Micaela Ramazzotti

    Anna Nigiotti in Michelucci - anni '70

  3. Claudia Pandolfi

    Claudia Pandolfi

    Valeria Michelucci

  4. Stefania Sandrelli

    Stefania Sandrelli

    Anna Nigiotti in Michelucci

  5. DB

    Dario Ballantini

    Avvocato Cenerini

  6. MM

    Marco Messeri

    Il Nesi

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Original Title La Prima Cosa Bella

Status Released

Original Language Italian

Runtime 2h 2m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 15, 2010
    T, Theatrical



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A review by Andres Gomez

By Andres Gomez

Good comedy/drama about a dysfunctional Italian family and the memories of the eldest son.

Nice story, well told.

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