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Corpo celeste (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 May 2011 (Italy)
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Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.

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Alice Rohrwacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yle Vianello Yle Vianello ... Marta
Salvatore Cantalupo ... Don Mario
Pasqualina Scuncia Pasqualina Scuncia ... Santa
Anita Caprioli ... Rita
Renato Carpentieri ... Don Lorenzo
Maria Trunfio Maria Trunfio ... Deborah
Paola Lavini ... Fortunata
Gianni Federico Gianni Federico ... Nino
Maria Luisa De Crescenzo Maria Luisa De Crescenzo ... Rosa
Mario Canino Mario Canino ... Alfri
Monia Alfieri Monia Alfieri ... Donatella (as Monica Alfieri)
Licia Amodeo Licia Amodeo ... Flavia
Carmelo Giordano Carmelo Giordano ... Ignazio
Natale Carriago Natale Carriago ... Natale
Federica Colonnetti Federica Colonnetti ... Federica
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Storyline

Set deep in the south of Italy, Corpo Celeste is the story of 13 year old Marta who is struggling to resettle after ten years growing up in Switzerland. Bright-eyed and restless, she observes the sights, sounds and smells of the city but feels very much an outsider. Marta is about to undergo the rite of confirmation. In the convention of the Catholic Church she takes catechism but confronts the morality of the local Catholic community. A series of subtle moments trace her journey as she connects and conflicts with her mother, sister and the Sunday school teacher Santa. From experiencing her period to making a bold decision to cut her hair, Marta begins to shape her own life for the first time since moving back to Italy. Corpo Celeste heralds the arrival of a young and distinctive voice. Alice Rohrwacher's writing and directing debut is a sensitive unveiling of the moral and religious layers that can smother adolescence. Written by B&W Films Ltd

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Switzerland | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 May 2011 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Cialo niebieskie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,263, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,665, 1 July 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Life paradox in film
20 September 2018 | by silvasiembraSee all my reviews

This is the movie which can be discuss for years to come. A young pre-adolescent girl from Switzerland, where there is freedom of religion, who goes to Catholic dominated Italy to live with her Mother and older Sister who pesters her. Imagine the cultural shock of a contrast country. Add to this, the coming of adolescent age with its confusion and rebellion. Survival is challenging despite the indoctrination of a religious sense to keep people living within the teachings of the church. One sees a battle between moral values and self preservation. Plus, the struggle of an innocent child who wants to live the right way in a world that acts on human self righteousness and desires. This film will take you on a ride which leaves you in a hopeless state of not knowing who to believe or what to believe. Yet, among all the world lust, hypocritical situations, and unfairness... we can survive. We are a miracle. Especially when we put our faith in spiritual understanding. A thought provoking film which will question your own beliefs and understanding.


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