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      Caterina in the Big City

      Released Oct 24, 2003 1h 46m Comedy Drama List
      90% Tomatometer 40 Reviews 77% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Catarina (Alice Teghil) moves with her father, Giancarlo (Sergio Castellitto), and mother, Agata (Margherita Buy), from her country town to Rome. At her high school, she finds herself in the middle of a tug-of-war between leftists, led by Margherita (Carolina Iaquaniello), and opposing rightists, led by Daniela (Federica Sbrenna) -- and they all want to use her for their own ends. Her overbearing father gets in on the act, hoping the parents of Caterina's new friends can get his novel published. Read More Read Less
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      This witty movie succeeds as both a modest teen coming-of-age story and a satirical microcosm of Italy's political climate.

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      Eleanor Ringel Cater Atlanta Journal-Constitution On the surface, Caterina in the Big City is like Mean Girls, Italian-style. But it's much more layered than that. Rated: B+ Nov 3, 2005 Full Review John Monaghan Detroit Free Press Caterina in the City is a coming-of-age story, of course, but its adult characters are also well rendered. Rated: 3/4 Oct 7, 2005 Full Review Keith Phipps AV Club Its juxtaposition of coming-of-age story and political allegory seldom feels belabored. Sep 26, 2005 Full Review Lee Marshall Screen International Juggles six major and more than a dozen minor characters with some skill. Feb 28, 2021 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International A truly wonderful coming-of-age tale, suffused with wit and warmth. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Chelsea Bain Boston Herald Rated: 3/4 Oct 21, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Marco D dai sempre bellino Virzi Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/04/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting italian perspective on the exhausting topic of teenage cliques, the film adds color to the dryness of the divisive politics that was going on in Italy at the time, and draws the audience to rally behind Caterina's character thru her ability to act naive and innocent. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member "Unlike fish who can only see sideways and flies who can see all around, humans can only look forward." The final lines of Caterina in the big city - An endearing slice of life tale. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Modern Italian family comedy drama revolving around a young girl who moves from a small town to Rome and is taken aback by the fast social big city life, its politics and social class attitudes. The characters are very well written and the plot developments are interesting and unexpected; overall the screenplay is intelligent and excellent, never disregarding the cultural context and comments on Roman society. The cast is great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This Italian comedy-drama is quite hilarious at times. While it may seem as a coming of age story, it has serious undertones and social commentary on Italy's politics and society in general. It's quite entertaining, but overall it's on a light side and easily forgettable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A best movie ever. A new teenager in Rome, Caterina's life wilts and bosoms. Beautiful everything. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Catarina (Alice Teghil) moves with her father, Giancarlo (Sergio Castellitto), and mother, Agata (Margherita Buy), from her country town to Rome. At her high school, she finds herself in the middle of a tug-of-war between leftists, led by Margherita (Carolina Iaquaniello), and opposing rightists, led by Daniela (Federica Sbrenna) -- and they all want to use her for their own ends. Her overbearing father gets in on the act, hoping the parents of Caterina's new friends can get his novel published.
      Director
      Paolo Virzì
      Producer
      Paolo Virzì
      Screenwriter
      Paolo Virzì, Francesco Bruni
      Distributor
      Empire Pictures
      Production Co
      Cattleya, RAI Cinema
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 24, 2003, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Jun 3, 2005
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $293.3K
      Runtime
      1h 46m