Life Is Beautiful

An Italian Jew (Roberto Benigni) shields his son (Giorgio Cantarini) from Nazi horrors.

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Life Is Beautiful


Comedy drama122 Mins1997PG-13

A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.


  • Moving
  • Playful
  • Emotional
  • Sad
  • Bleak
  • Frightening