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La Pivellina (2011)

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The first fiction feature by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel (whose earlier documentary films will be screening as well), La Pivellina focuses on the relationship between two-year-old Asia, and Patti, a circus woman living with her husband Walter in a trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, who finds Asia abandoned in a park. With the help of Tairo, a teenager who lives with his grandmother nearby, Patti starts to search for the girl's mother, while caring for her in the meantime. La Pivellina is a


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Though at times too determined to avoid dramatic highs and lows, "Little Girl" strikes gold in the casting of the 2-year-old Asia Crippa.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Covi and Frimmel work their neorealistic magic, turning what might have been a sappy maternal-awakening melodrama into a simplistic, genuinely sweet tribute to motherhood, Italian style.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Scenes showing the tricky process of acclimatizing a child to new surroundings, and the patchwork of experiences that make up an education -- both Asia's and Tairo's -- are grounded by entirely affectless performances, not least that of little Asia Crippa.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Seems to owe much of its aesthetic approach to the Dardenne brothers, while using it for decidedly non-Dardennian purposes.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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