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Corpo Celeste (2012)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the

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For those willing to overlook its few slips into heavy-handedness, "Corpo Celeste" tells a compelling story of a 12-year-old girl thrust into a strange new world.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Corpo Celeste" often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello).

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Alice Rohrwacher's debut fictional feature is an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood, assisted in no small measure by Vianello's disarmingly naturalistic performance.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Corpo Celeste would be a treat in any season, but it's particularly refreshing amid the summer-movie bombast.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Vianello gives a lovely, unforced performance as Marta, who begins to see that the blue-eyed, open-armed fuzzy Jesus she's being sold is a fake.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Minor tonal inconsistencies are overcome by this intimate tale's naturalistic thesping and loose lensing style.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Though at times heavy-handed in its imagery and slow-paced, Rohrwacher's debut feature is remarkably unadorned and touching, putting forth a realistic portrait of modern Italy at a time when the country faces economic hardship as well as cultural changes.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A heavenly coming-of-age film.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There are moments that suggest the director might do something better next time.

March 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

An accomplished debut.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Neither lights a fuse to our brains or hearts.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The film makes neat if familiar associations between Catholic ritual and sexual identity, and between religion and civic corruption.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Rich, heady filmmaking that employs small strokes on a huge canvas.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Alice Rohrwacher's debut feature exhibits the sort of mannerisms a certain stripe of cinephile tends to dread, on or off the festival circuit.

September 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Grittily real but somehow dreamlike at the same time, coming of age tale Corpo Celeste is a quietly impressive feature debut for documentary maker Alice Rohrwacher.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
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Audience Reviews for Corpo Celeste

Upon returning to her native Italy from Switzerland, Rita(Anita Caprioli) decides it is time for her younger daughter Marta(Yle Vianello) to go to religion classes by starting at the end with her confirmation. As an introduction, the family goes on a nighttime pilgrimage, followed by a religious demonstration where Father Mario's(Salvatore Cantalupo) cell phone goes off at the worst possible moment. Otherwise, Marta leads a normal life of a girl not quite 13 as she hogs the bathroom, borrows her older sister Rosa's(Maria Luisa de Crescenzo) clothing, has a finicky diet and does some of the cooking. Ok, so that last part is not so normal...

I think what "Corpo Celeste" desperately wants to be about is a girl's coming of age, both intellectually and physically, but can't stay focused long enough, as it gets distracted by the smallest detail.(Oh, look! It's a cat!) That interferes with any chance of seeing the world through Marta's eyes. At this point, it is filled with religion but the movie does not have sharp enough satirical teeth for the task at hand. Look, I know religion can be a really prickly subject but you still have to know what you want to say. Is it that the Church has gotten so far away from its teachings(trust me on this, somebody will remember and that person might be Marta) that it has become just another pageant or does it have to become showy to stay relevant in the modern age? Make up your mind.
June 10, 2012
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