Caterina in the Big City (2003)
Critic Consensus: This witty movie succeeds as both a modest teen coming-of-age story and a satirical microcosm of Italy's political climate.
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as Lorenzo Rossi Chaillet
as Agata Iacovoni
as Livia, Margherita's Mother
as Giancarlo Iacovoni
as Manilo Germano
as Caterina Iacovoni
as Daniela Germano
as Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Critic Reviews for Caterina in the Big City
On the surface, Caterina in the Big City is like Mean Girls, Italian-style. But it's much more layered than that.
Caterina in the City is a coming-of-age story, of course, but its adult characters are also well rendered.
It's an adolescent-to-adult drama that never veers into maudlin or sugary territory. There's a realness on screen that translates to any culture.
Though Caterina is unusually well-acted and crafted for this kind of movie ... Giancarlo is the one character who makes the movie special.
Played in a manic, volcanic manner by Castellitto, Giancarlo is a constant source of humor and embarrassment.
Audience Reviews for Caterina in the Big City
This Italian comedy-drama is quite hilarious at times. While it may seem as a coming of age story, it has serious undertones and social commentary on Italy's politics and society in general. It's quite entertaining, but overall it's on a light side and easily forgettable.
surprisingly refreshing tale of a rural family moving into the big city to fulfill the dad's lifelong dreams that turn out to be not so dreamy. Caterina, in contrast, dazzles with her quiet, innocent, optimism, and her transformation from naive village girl to urban brat and back just brings a nice warm feeling to the heart... particularly to a city rat who is feeling trapped by village isolation
very good coming of age tale set in contemporary day rome. caterina moves from the country and is exposed to alternative vs. preppy (like mean girls) and the politics of communism vs. fascism. this movie ends hopefully, for there is a place for the majority of society that does not fall under the 'privieged.' caterina finds her place and fulfills a dream.
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