The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence and testified against the "family business" after both her father ...
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The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence and testified against the "family business" after both her father and then her brother are both murdered -- is brought to vivid life in Marco Amenta's hard-hitting and wonderfully acted drama.Written by
Rita Mancuso's father is beloved Don Michele in Balata, Sicily. He orders the death of Bellafiore who murdered innocent peasants. A prosecutor arrives to confront him but the villagers support the Don rather than the corrupt incompetent police. Six years later, Rita is 17 and the village is awash with drugs. Her brother Carmelo gets killed and Rita brings in her evidence to the prosecutor who actually got her father's respect. She testifies against the Sicilian mob as revenge for her family's murders.
The story is somewhat muddled. Veronica D'Agostino is good as the fierce heroine. She isn't a pretty little thing but she has a nice vulnerability. Gérard Jugnot is also good. The material is there but the intensity is dispersed. The tension comes and goes. This should be a great character study of the Girl but the final ending should not be as confused.
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