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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 »

Director:

Kate Woods

Writers:

Melina Marchetta (novel), Melina Marchetta (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Christina Alibrandi
Anthony LaPaglia ... Michael Andretti
Elena Cotta ... Katia Alibrandi
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Sister Louise (Nun)
Pia Miranda Pia Miranda ... Josie Alibrandi
Kick Gurry ... Jacob Coote
Matthew Newton ... John Barton
Leanne Carlow Leanne Carlow ... Sera Conti
Diane Viduka Diane Viduka ... Anna Selicic
Leeanna Walsman ... Carly Bishop
Michael Gallina Michael Gallina ... Robert
Rosa DiMarte Rosa DiMarte ... Patrizia
Domenico DiMarte Domenico DiMarte ... Riccardo
Tyrone Lara Tyrone Lara ... Anton Valavic
Geoff Morrell ... Mr. Barton
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

4 May 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Alibrandia etsimässä See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The novel "Looking for Alibrandi" is the most stolen book from Australian high school libraries. See more »

Goofs

Josie's hair changes between Black and Auburn throughout the film. Particularly notable when she mistakes a student for John Barton at the train station. Her hair was colored, turns black and is then colored again in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

[Before getting on a motorbike]
Jacob Coote: You ready?
Josie Alibrandi: Just let me check my bag for ID. I don't want to be named Jane Doe at the morgue.
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Connections

References African Manhunt (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

10-4
Written by McCarthy, Frew, Salmon and Faulkner
Performed by Antenna
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A breath of fresh air
24 May 2000 | by prophesy62See all my reviews

Being only 16 i don't think that I am able to comment on the film's technical qualities or on it's relationship with the novel; I've never read it. What I can say is that Looking for Alibrandi is a wonderful movie. Australian's have finally made a truly excellent teen movie and we have beat the American's at their own game. This was a true breath of fresh air from the typical American high school movie filled with jocks, nerds and cheerleaders. For once the heroine does not win the boy by changing her hairstyle or clothes. Pia Miranda is increadible as Josie Alibrandi and plays her role almost flawlessly, she steals the entire show. Josie has the right mix of strength and vulnerability and shows herself to be a fantastic role model for young girls. Miranda is supported by an equally talented cast who all perform excellently. Kick Gurry (Jacob) and Matthew Newton (John) are outstanding in their roles, as are the entire Alibrandi/Andretti family. It also has to be said that the movie's handling of the issue of teen suicide was mature and eye-opening, thank-you for not lecturing us. Looking for Alibrandi is a story about life, love and finding yourself and it is a credit to all those involved in it.


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