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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Wonderful film, a great Italian bittersweet comedy!
19 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the best movie I've seen recently. An exciting coming of age, an exhilarating comedy, a deep and painful portrait of our society at the present moment."Caterina Va in Città" has outrageously funny scenes — starting with Giancarlo's biting farewell to his despised small-town students. But it's a very dark sense of humor. The film is really about personalities, especially his. Imagine a standard coming-of- age movie about a smart, unusual kid learning that it's okay to be an individual, different from the rest. Giancarlo is that kid, only he's 40-something and he hasn't had that final scene where everything turns out okay. Angry that others have gotten all the breaks in life, he righteously criticizes the establishment, big money, the old boys' network, and yet envies them at the same time. Back in Rome, he has a chance to mingle with exactly the class of people he inwardly resents, and every chance he gets to make a mark among them turns to embarrassment.

Played with great flair by Sergio Castellitto (the insouciant chef from "Mostly Martha"), Giancarlo is an enormously sympathetic but uncomfortable character, and his contradictions have a ripple effect on everyone in his orbit. His wife Agata (Margherita Buy) lives in a shell rather than get in the way of her grandiose husband. Caterina (Alice Teghil) is thrust uneasily into a social scene she's thoroughly unprepared for, made even more out of place by her dad's instructions. She doesn't seem to have inherited his low self-esteem, but this new life flies way over her head most of the time. It's a complex portrait of a family's struggle, set amid the tumult of big-city society and class consciousness. "Caterina" is a very rewarding movie.


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