In 1950s Australia, two young Italian brothers Angelo (Giovanni Ribisi) and Gino (Adam Garcia) are following their cultural traditions as they seek wives and a happy life in their new country. Angelo, the elder, has been trying to find a wife in Italy by correspondence without success. The local matchmaker finds him a new possibility in Southern Italy, the beautiful Rosetta (Amelia Warner), and he begrudgingly tries again – but this time, he includes a photo of his handsome younger brother, instead of himself. Rosetta is smitten and agrees, and a marriage ceremony is performed even before she gets on the boat to Melbourne. On her arrival, the situation is revealed and Rosetta is as conflicted as the two loving brothers – and nearly as much as Gino’s fiancée, Connie (Silvia de Santis).
 

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Angelo uses a photo of his handsome brother Gino to convince a beautiful girl to marry him.

Jan Sardi is one of this country\'s best-known screenwriters, nominated for an Oscar for his work on Shine, he now explores the world of his Italian roots as writer/director of Love\'s Brother. In rural Australia in the 1950\'s Angelo, Giovanni Ribisi, is a depressed young man. He\'s just failed once again to attract a mail order bride from his home in Italy. It\'s particularly galling when his brother Gino, Adam Garcia, can scarcely keep women at bay, despite the fact that local girl Connie, Silvia de Santis, thinks they \'re heading towards marriage. In a last ditch attempt to gain a wife Gino sends Rosetta, Amelia Warner, his brother\'s photo. Much of the film is set around the caf? owned by the brother\'s uncle, Joe Petruzzi and aunt, Dina Panozzo where the Italian expatriates love to gather, particularly when Rosetta arrives. Sardi has an obvious fondness for his characters, perhaps too great a fondness. He\'s relied more on caricature than character, there is not a potentially unlovable person in this fable. Except for Angelo. The casting of the American actor Giovanni Ribisi as the eternally mournful hero should have been a coup but you are never given access to Angelo as a nice person, he\'s always morose. You don\'t want him to have a wife. There is a lack of naturalism within scenes, a self-consciousness that works against the flow and Sardi as director doesn \'t really allow insight, he strongly stresses the cliche. On a positive note the girls are lovely, Amelia Warner glows on camera but the real find is Silvia de Santis as Connie who\'s terrific.Comments by David StrattonThe story of a man who sends for a mail-order bride only to have her fall in love with his brother has been told on film numerous times before; Charles Laughton and Carole Lombard starred in They Knew What They Wanted in 1940 and Anthony Quinn and Anthony Franciosa were the brothers in love with Anna Magnani in Wild Is The Wind, made in 1957, the year Love\'s Brother is set. Jan Sardi doesn\'t acknowledge these, and other, films, but it\'s a pity he doesn\'t make more of a potentially intriguing idea. The film has some pleasant insights into life in the Italian community in Australia in the 50s, but Giovanni Ribisi looks thoroughly uncomfortable and the British actress Amelia Warner hardly convinces as the Italian bride.