I Piccoli Maestri (1998)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, War Romance  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Daniele Luchetti directed this nostalgic Italian period drama adapted from Luigi Meneghello's novel about the WWII partisan movement. During the 20 months prior to Italy's liberation from fascism, a group of college students decide to trade hollow rhetoric for action by journeying into the mountains of Nazi-occupied northern Italy. Amid the turmoil, group leader Gigi (Stefano Accorsi) becomes attracted to his best friend's girl Simonetta (Stefania Montorsi). As the Resistance struggle continues, the students suffer pain and loss, some members of their group are killed, and the brutal reality of war leaves its mark on the idealistic students. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.