I Vitelloni is a 1953 film by director Federico Fellini. It is the story of 5 young men at turning points in their lives in a small Italian town. This is such a simple story. The characters come to life as sympathetic figures on the screen. It always amazes me how much about the human condition is revealed in stories about the everyday lives of everyday people.
It won the Silver Lion for best director at the Venice Film Festival.
Senses of Cinema says, "This is a film that crackles with rebellious energy and yet is also shot through with a sort of melancholy for Fellini’s own formation as a young artist: it marks both the central and the end point of his apprenticeship as a great filmmaker." Slant Magazine describes it as a "beautifully photographed and slyly funny drama". DVD Talk says it's "one of Federico Fellini's true masterpieces". MoMA has an interesting article, quoting Fellini as saying, "Telling the story of some people, I try to show some truth". FilmReference.com has a spoiler-filled plot description. It has a score of 100% at Rotten Tomatoes.