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Caterina in the Big City (2003)

Caterina va in città (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 24 October 2003 (Italy)
When her father, Giancarlo is transferred to Rome from the small country town of Montalto Di Castro, Caterina, a 12 years old girl, will discover her new classmates, a totally new world, an... See full summary »

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Alice Teghil ...
Caterina Iacovoni
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Giancarlo Iacovoni
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Agata Iacovoni
Antonio Carnevale ...
Cesarino
Silvio Vannucci ...
Fabietto Cruciani
Federica Sbrenna ...
Daniela Germano
Carolina Iaquaniello ...
Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Zach Wallen ...
Edward (as Zach -James Smith- Wallen)
Martino Reviglio ...
Gianfilippo
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Manlio Germano
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Lorenzo Rossi Chaillet
Paola Tiziana Cruciani ...
Zia Marisa
Luigi Grilli ...
Zio Alfredo
Tereza Paula Da Rosa ...
Teresa
Renata Orso ...
Zia Adelina
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When her father, Giancarlo is transferred to Rome from the small country town of Montalto Di Castro, Caterina, a 12 years old girl, will discover her new classmates, a totally new world, an ambient extremely divided politically. She starts developing her friendship with the "left side", represented by Margherita, and the right, Daniela, side of her class. She will lose herself, without knowing who she really is. However, maybe Edward, the young Australian boy, who lives in the apartment across hers, can help her more that she thinks. Written by filippo-3

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Sometimes you just want to fit in...or not

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$563,954 (Italy) (24 October 2003)

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$293,268 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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The story begins in 2003, but the dates do not match up with the days of the week for that year. See more »

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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Inno ufficiale dei giovani fascisti
Music by Giuseppe Blanc and lyrics by Vittorio E. Bravetta
Sung at the wedding reception
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Nice, as ususal... A bit too nice, maybe...
6 March 2004 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

I think Virzì is one of the most interesting director in Italy, at the present moment. His ability to portray the current Italian society is quite good, and he achieves this either with *characters* (the two families in "Ferie d'Agosto", the father in "Caterina va in città") and with *stories* (the story of "Ovosodo", a bit of an Italian "It's a wonderful life"... just a bit, obviously... :-).

"Caterina va in città" is a good movie: the idea of showing chunks of the Italian society and habits through the eyes of an innocent teenager gives the movie a "fairy tale" twist that makes it really "light" and enjoyable. I also liked the mom's character, played by a really good and beautiful Margherita Buy: in general, I appreciated Virzì's idea that the "good" part of society is based on the strength of women, as all male characters in this movie either are donquixotesque losers or spoiled and arrogant over-grown babies.

But, as for most of his movies, I think the same criticism again apply: Virzì is openly a left-wing director, but he stresses this a bit too much and sometimes its works sound too "ideological": art should make you think, not tell you what to think, I guess. In addiction, some characters are too stereotypical and don't come out of a really deep psychological analysis. Still, I think he is currently the director who knows best how to take on the screen what goes on in Italy.

In conclusion, I think this movie - just like "Ovosodo" - is based on a simple yet powerful assumption: that happiness is the disease of the idiots...


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