Life Is Beautiful
A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.
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- Roberto Benigni
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1999 BAFTA®
- Best Actor: Roberto Benigni
- Best Foreign Language Film nominee
YesLanguage and sound
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; trailers.
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
Italian: DTS 5.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the award-winning Italian import Life Is Beautiful is set during the Holocaust, and features some very difficult themes, including war, fear, and the loss of a parent. There are clear references to the atrocities being committed, but most of the focus is on the humorous efforts of a father to shelter his son from them. Drinking (wine, champagne) is visible in social settings; references are made to drunkenness.
- Sexual Content
- Some mild flirtations between Guido and Dora.
- Threats of torture, hangings, and being murdered in gas chambers are discussed, and those who understand the Holocaust will get the gravity of these threats. Occasional bloody images are visible. Guns (rifles, pistols, machine guns) are visible; gunshots are audible. Tanks are visible. A major character dies.
- A few words like "ass" are visible in the subtitles.
- Social Behavior
- Love for family, country, and above all, the bond between father and son, are major themes here. Fascism is discussed, and the horror of the holocaust is also underscored.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Champagne, hard liquor is visible at restaurants and social functions. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it