Corpo Celeste (2012)
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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.
"Corpo Celeste" often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello).
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.
Corpo Celeste would be a treat in any season, but it's particularly refreshing amid the summer-movie bombast.
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.
Minor tonal inconsistencies are overcome by this intimate tale's naturalistic thesping and loose lensing style.
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.
There are moments that suggest the director might do something better next time.
Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down.
The film makes neat if familiar associations between Catholic ritual and sexual identity, and between religion and civic corruption.
Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch.
Alice Rohrwacher's debut feature exhibits the sort of mannerisms a certain stripe of cinephile tends to dread, on or off the festival circuit.
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