Italy. Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. 2011, 100 mins. 35mm. In Italian with English subtitles. Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute. A Film Movement release. With Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli. Corpo Celeste is an assured impressionistic study of a young girl’s coming of age set against the background of a relocation from Italy’s “modern” north to the country’s religious south. A mother moves with her two daughters back to the town of their birth, which brings about changes within the family, most of all to the younger daughter when she is forced to conform to local Catholic traditions and undergo the rite of passage of confirmation. Screen Daily heralded Corpo Celeste as “a quietly impressive debut feature.”
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