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In my eyes, Life Is Beautiful is the most profound and beautifully written film of all time. Set in Italy during the Holocaust, we watch as Jewish book keeper, Guido (Roberto Benigni), courts and falls in love with Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) from a nearby town. The two marry and have a son before their lives are upheaved as Italy is occupied by German forces. Forced into a Nazi concentration camp with his son, Giosuè, Guido turns the Holocaust into a game to keep his son safe and protect him from the horrors of war. The film follows the unbreakable bond between father and son as they play to reach 1000 points for the ultimate prize – a tank. It is not surprising that this film is so beautifully depicted as co-writer and director Roberto Benigni’s father lived through two years in a similar Nazi concentration camp in 1943. This is a must-see film that will stay with you forever.
Directed By: Roberto Benigni
Rating: M 15+