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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 overview, first billed only:
Alice Teghil ...
Caterina Iacovoni
Giancarlo Iacovoni
Agata Iacovoni
Antonio Carnevale ...
Silvio Vannucci ...
Fabietto Cruciani
Federica Sbrenna ...
Daniela Germano
Carolina Iaquaniello ...
Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Zach Wallen ...
Edward (as Zach -James Smith- Wallen)
Martino Reviglio ...
Manlio Germano
Lorenzo Rossi Chaillet
Paola Tiziana Cruciani ...
Zia Marisa
Luigi Grilli ...
Zio Alfredo
Tereza Paula Da Rosa ...
Renata Orso ...
Zia Adelina


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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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Caterina in the Big City  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »


Inno ufficiale dei giovani fascisti
Music by Giuseppe Blanc and lyrics by Vittorio E. Bravetta
Sung at the wedding reception
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This should have been a great film
16 April 2006 | by (Chicago, Ill.) – See all my reviews

I wish I could say that this was a great film because there really were a lot of things that one could like about it.

As it turns out, however, it is a good, but flawed film. I will give this film a recommendation, I think it is worth seeing.

The film made a number of incredible social statements. It really cuts to the quick about the nature of society, the people who can manipulate the system on both sides are in collusion with each other to keep their privilege. The people who are on the outside find themselves on the outside, looking in. They can be taken under someone's wing but they are never really more then a pet, the Jimmy Olsen to someone's Superman.

The film had spectacular acting, particularly from the lead.

So what then keeps the film from being great? One of the biggest problems comes from the episodic and picaresque structure of the film. It has the kind of structure that is more interesting because of its discontinuity then because of its continuity. And while it makes for a lot of interesting discussions, this could turn a lot of people off, probably even more then the subtitles.

Honestly, the problem is that it begins with Caterina being pulled in many directions and it allows us to see facets of her through these different social lenses. The trouble is that we never get a baseline reading on her in the beginning before she moves to Rome. This is done very well but we never get the impression of her as anything more then a tablet that the ideologies of others are being written on, even at the end of the film when she supposedly finds herself. I won't give a spoiler as to how but the ending that someone else commented was her in her element is really just another case of this.

You know what, I've changed my mind. This is a wonderful film to watch. Its a spectacular way to look at what life is really like when you are outside the powerful and privileged circles of society and you can only be influenced by the ideologies of others but you really lack any voice of your own.

Watch this along with Welcome to the Dollhouse and see what life was like for the rest of us. Let this film show you the social cliques, collusion and ideology and let Solondz show you the sheer cruelty of a society that, as J. G. Ballard said, normalized psychopathy. And see it for what it really is, not some sugarcoated network television version (I think you guys know what very popular television series I'm talking about).

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