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
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.
[font=Century Gothic]"Caterina in the Big City" starts with Giancarlo(Sergio Castellito), a teacher with dreams of being a writer, finally getting a transfer to Rome after years of trying and taking his wife, Agata(Margherita Buy), and daughter, Caterina(Alice Teghil), along with him.(Giancarlo also has dreams of hobnobbing with the influential parents of his students.) Caterina is a shy teenager who sang in the local chorus. At her new school, she gets caught in the crossfire between the two poles of political thought in Italy. Her first friendship comes from the left, when Margherita(Carolina Iaquaniello) takes her under her wing.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Caterina in the Big City" is a charming, pleasant coming of age story about making friends and learning what kind of person you are going to become. But it might have helped if I had a better understanding of Italian politics and society. [/font]
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