Life Is Beautiful ★★★★½

One of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. And one of the most heartbreaking and utterly depressing films I’ve ever seen. How a film can reach both sides of this spectrum so beautifully is clearly just a result of Benigni’s masterful direction, stitching together two halves of a story that shouldn’t work together so seamlessly. His story of a charming, hilarious man, who lives his life as one joyful event after another, soon sees this man try to maintain his identity during the Holocaust, in an attempt to make the world seem less drab to his young son. It’s genuinely unlike anything I’ve seen before, reached levels of comedy and poignancy I’ve never seen reached before and it truly moved me beyond words.

“This is the sacrifice my father made.”

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