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Corpo celeste

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Italy, Switzerland, 2011


Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.

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Corpo celeste Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Affective as Vianello’s performance is, and haunting as Rohrwacher’s treatment of the material is, Corpo Celeste seems ultimately to be about something larger than one girl’s fraught relationship with religion—it is about a nation’s fraught relationship with religion. This portrait of modern Italy is unforgiving in its stark naturalism: the unromanticized spaces of the cramped apartment shared by Marta’s family, the crumbling ruin of a church, and the anonymity of a busy highway.
June 07, 2012
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Feeling like an airier – and less effective – Dardenne brothers picture, the loungey pacing and thin dramatic thrust put pressure on tiny details and simple pleasures, which only emerge intermittently. As a debut, though, it stakes the Italian helmer as one to definitely keep an eye on.
June 06, 2012
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The film elevates into something oddly sublime the moment this adolescent is picked up on the highway by the community’s spiritual leader, embarking on a journey involving murdered kittens, political scheming and a stolen crucifix. Here’s when Rohrwacher’s realist story tips tantalizingly close to allegory—articulating a collision between the celestial and the embodied, where there’s nothing more powerful or strange than a young woman’s coming of age.
June 04, 2012
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