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A touching coming-of-age tale that navigates the intricate dynamics of siblings drifting apart.


Christian Schifano’s coming-of-age drama, co-written with Alberto Dedominicis, masterfully captures the complexities of growing apart between two adolescent brothers, portrayed by Diego Bottini as Diego and Lorenzo Venturini as Lorenzo. The film opens with the universal scene of brothers preparing to play football with friends, but as the narrative unfolds, a palpable hostility arises, depicting a relatable scenario for many siblings.

As Lorenzo distances himself, Diego finds solace in the companionship of a German Shepherd, subtly highlighting the shifting dynamics within their relationship. Schifano skillfully navigates the nuances of familial bonds, portraying the inevitable changes that occur during adolescence.

Diego Bottini and Lorenzo Venturini deliver credible and emotionally resonant performances, capturing the authenticity of their characters’ emotional journeys. The Italian-language film, with English subtitles, adds a layer of authenticity to the storytelling, immersing viewers in the brothers’ world.

Travers Jacobs’s stellar cinematography elevates the film, offering well-framed shots, excellent focus, and consistent quality. The heartwarming tale is a poignant exploration of the bittersweet process of coming of age and the inevitable emotional distance that can develop between siblings.

In this short yet impactful film, Schifano crafts a touching narrative that delves into universal themes with sensitivity and authenticity, leaving a lasting impression through the lens of superb performances and visual excellence.

Bratus Short Film


Runtime: 6 min

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