A Ciambra

2017, Drama, 1h 58m

58 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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A powerful character study, A Ciambra burns slowly, letting its compelling cast carry what could otherwise be just another coming-of-age story. Read critic reviews

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A 14-year-old miscreant sets out to prove he's ready to step into his older brother's shoes.

Cast & Crew

Francesco Pio Amato
Keko O'Marrochinu
Patrizia Amato
Patatina
Rocco Amato
Rocco
Joel Brandeis
Executive Producer
Fernando Fraiha
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Alessio Lazzareschi
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Sophie Mas
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Lourenço Sant' Anna
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Martin Scorsese
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Dario Suter
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Daniela Taplin Lundberg
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Emma Tillinger Koskoff
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Dan Romer
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Tim Curtin
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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (6)

  • This is a vibrant if familiar art-house drama, with rough-and-tumble camerawork, highly physical performances, and fly-on-the-wall observations that recall the films of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

    April 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Tim Curtin's handheld camerawork and Dan Romer's score are restless and energetic. Pio Amato, who is in almost every frame, makes for a charismatic lead. He is likable enough for the viewer to overlook his low-level lawlessness.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating and considered study of outsider tensions, though a third-act turn that forces Pio to pick a side hammers the point home a little too hard.

    June 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Carpignano doesn't judge his characters. He just lays bare what makes them tick.

    June 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The textures and attention to detail enrich the familiar story beats.

    June 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The wildly impressive amateur cast and novice Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano...have done their jobs and created an impossibly gripping fiction.

    June 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a vibrant if familiar art-house drama, with rough-and-tumble camerawork, highly physical performances, and fly-on-the-wall observations that recall the films of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

    April 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Tim Curtin's handheld camerawork and Dan Romer's score are restless and energetic. Pio Amato, who is in almost every frame, makes for a charismatic lead. He is likable enough for the viewer to overlook his low-level lawlessness.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating and considered study of outsider tensions, though a third-act turn that forces Pio to pick a side hammers the point home a little too hard.

    June 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Carpignano doesn't judge his characters. He just lays bare what makes them tick.

    June 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "A Chiara" caps off Carpignano's Calabrian triptych in unexpected fashion by orienting itself around a less-marginalized population, reenergizing his style from the brink of stagnation in confronting questions of power that haven't cropped up before.

    July 9, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The Ciambra is a powerful coming-of-age story that ventures where rarely any other films dare to go.

    February 6, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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