What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about the historical framework of the movie. Does the movie teach us anything? How have other movies dealth with the same subject?
- Why do you think this movie was received so warmly? What makes it special?