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Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katia Alibrandi
Kerry Walker ...
Sister Louise (Nun)
Pia Miranda ...
Leanne Carlow ...
Sera Conti
Diane Viduka ...
Anna Selicic
Michael Gallina ...
Rosa DiMarte ...
Domenico DiMarte ...
Tyrone Lara ...
Anton Valavic
Mr. Barton


A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys. Written by Phythian

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Sometimes what you're looking for is closer than you think...


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Release Date:

4 May 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Alibrandia etsimässä  »

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There are thirteen tracks on the soundtrack album. Of these, three do not appear in the film - Killing Heidi's "Weir", Happyland's "Don't You Even Know Who I Am" and Lo-Tel 's "Teenager of the Year ". The trailer mentions two of these bands as being part of the soundtrack - Killing Heidi and Lo-tel - though none of their music is heard in the film. The Killing Heidi song is heard in the background of the trailer itself. The version of the song "Teenager of the Year " heard on the film is performed by Brenda Starr. Happyland are also heard performing "Tintarella Di Luna" during the film. See more »


Christina was conceived in 1945, so born no later than 1946. She had Josie when she was seventeen years old, meaning Josie was born in early 1965 at the very latest (most likely earlier). Josie is seventeen in the film, which would point to a setting around 1980 (give or take). However, several things - costumes, use of mobile phones, musical references, city features, various props and decor items - come from around the turn of the century, some twenty years later. See more »


Josie Alibrandi: I have the dubious honour of being Vice-Captain, which is kind of like being runner-up at the Miss Universe beauty pageant. I get to take over if Miss St Martha's becomes ill or gets involved in a sex scandal.
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One of the best Australian films.
8 May 2000 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

"Looking For Alibrandi" is a great film. It shows what impact culture and family background can have on an Australian girl learning about the world. The movie also points out how important family values are to children growing up in todays society. One characters teenage suicide was an awful example of how the interests of young minds should be respected and the fact that the youth of today should be able to decide on their own futures with the full attention and best wishes of parents. Alot happens in the mind of a teenager, especially in their final year of high-school. Their thoughts and emotions should always be listened to and cared for.

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