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In Search of Fellini (2017)

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A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.

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Taron Lexton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ksenia Solo ... Lucy
Maria Bello ... Claire
Jay Kunzi Jay Kunzi ... Blond College Guy
Enrico Oetiker Enrico Oetiker ... Pietro
Paolo Bernardini ... Placido / Zampano
Bailey Hyde Bailey Hyde ... Post Coitus Boyfriend
Kate Clay Kate Clay ... Teen Kerri
Victoria Clare ... Young Kerri
Grace Townsend Grace Townsend ... Young Claire
Eva Violet Eva Violet ... Baby Lucy
Debbie Scaletta ... Claire's Mom
Denny Castiglione ... Claire's Dad
Isabel Gravitt ... Young Lucy (as Isabell Marie Gravitt)
Adam Glazer Adam Glazer ... Young Pietro
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Kerri
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A shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him.

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Inspired by a True Adventure See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Pietro gives Lucy a necklace, just as the Fool gave Gelsomina a necklace in La Strada (1954) See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy: [narrating] We all have to grow up... eventually. My sister Claire, however, did not agree. She was a normal kid except somehow never stopped believing in magic and fairy tales and true love, which basically made her a magnet for creeps.
Claire: [fending off a boy] Get off me!
Lucy: Yeah, ouch. Luckily, we were super popular. Except not really. I was never what you'd call a sweet child, and Claire... Claire had problems.
[childhood Claire rips the head off of doll]
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Features Il Bidone (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Spiaggia
Written by Paolo Bernardini and Giuseppe Mercadante
Performed by Paolo Bernardini and Giuseppe Mercadante
Courtesy of Eternal City Sound
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welcome to the universe
30 April 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

USA Film Festival 2017 Greetings again from the darkness. Even In this age of "helicopter parenting" it's disconcerting to see such flagrant over-protectiveness as that perpetuated by Maria Bello's character on her daughter Lucy. For film lovers, it's even more disheartening to see how the mother uses "happy ending" movies such as It's a Wonderful Life to create the social bubble that results in 20 year old Lucy having never been kissed, and having no concept of reality (outside of what she has seen in movies).

Contrary to what that set-up would have us believe, director Taron Lexton's film is actually less Coming-of-Age and more 'Welcome to the Universe', and Lucy's journey of self-discovery is quite enjoyable to behold. Co-written by Nancy Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas, it's the 'based on a true story' of Ms. Cartwright's own personal journey prior to her nearly 30 year run as the voice of Bart Simpson.

Lucy (Ksenia Solo, Black Swan) is off on an interview-gone-wrong when she stumbles into a Fellini film festival. She is immediately entranced by the obscure imagery and often less-than-happy endings. In fact, she connects with the films in such a manner that she is inspired to travel to Italy and meet with the Maestro himself. Ms. Cartwright's real life motivation stemmed from watching Fellini's La Strada (1954), and she instantly saw herself in Gelsomina (played by the spirited Giuletta Masina).

Her travels through Italy are filled with ups and downs, and Lucy crosses paths with good people and bad. It's her first true life experience and we are along for the ride. The structure of the story is such that as Lucy is discovering life, her mother (Bello) is back home in Ohio slowly losing her battle with cancer while being nursed by her straight-talking sister (Mary Lynn Rajskub, Chloe from "24"). Such contrasting elements would fit right in to a Fellini film.

At some point, most movie lovers experience the awakening that occurs when graduating from pleasant, feel good family movies to more esoteric and philosophical cinema. Fortunately, this awakening typically occurs before age 20 and does not require an international trip or dying mother to allow us to grow as a person. Ms. Cartwright's willingness to share her story makes for interesting filmmaking and one of the more unusual coming-of-age (or Welcome to the Universe) twists that we've seen on screen.


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Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,796, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:

$12,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,269
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