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      Corpo Celeste

      2011 1h 40m Drama List
      85% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 45% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Marta (Yle Vianello), a 13-year-old girl, moves back to southern Italy with her family and tests the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Meredith Slifkin Film Comment Magazine Though at times heavy-handed in its imagery and slow-paced, Rohrwacher's debut feature is remarkably unadorned and touching, putting forth a realistic portrait of modern Italy at a time when the country faces economic hardship as well as cultural changes. Jun 28, 2013 Full Review Walter V. Addiego San Francisco Chronicle For those willing to overlook its few slips into heavy-handedness, "Corpo Celeste" tells a compelling story of a 12-year-old girl thrust into a strange new world. Rated: 3/4 Jun 29, 2012 Full Review Rachel Saltz New York Times "Corpo Celeste" often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello). Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 8, 2012 Full Review Marya E. Gates Cool People Have Feelings, Too. (Substack) Here we first see the way Rohrwacher combines aspects of neorealism with poeticism to create her unique cinematic fables. Feb 13, 2024 Full Review Diego Batlle A feature debut rich in observations, details, gestures and sensibility... [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 1, 2023 Full Review Isabel Stevens ViewLondon A good performance from newcomer Yile Vianello as Marta holds much of the film together. Rated: 3/5 Aug 27, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nefasto r Three out of three for Alice Rohrwache. Her first feature film is also the last I had the pleasure to watch, and even if it wasn't as brilliant as the last two productions, "Corpo Celeste" is a honest and insightful coming-of-age story, driven by faith and social realism. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Corpo Celeste (Alice Rohrwacher, 2011) I don't even remember what originally prompted me to add Corpo Celeste to my Netflix queue. I am relatively certain it has been there since a few days after we resubscribed in November 2011, and I finally got round to watching it in August 2013. It had always intrigued me, but I was a little put off by its place in my queue, which I sort by star rating; it is consistently in the bottom ten percent. I have my hypotheses, now that I have watched it, on why this is. Most of them I am not going to touch on, though if you read between the lines I'm pretty sure they'll be clear enough. But this one, since it's part of the thesis for the entire review, I have to put out there-this is one of those art-school-style slow films. There is not a great deal of action here, though there is much under the surface that warrants the viewer's attention, and (as befits a film that centers around Mother Church as much as this one does) a great deal of symbolism here that will require the viewer to think a bunch, and possibly to be familiar with customs that are not quite American. (There is a wonderful, funny-yet-depressing scene ten minutes before the end of the movie whose significance I would have missed entirely had I not watched Mahomet-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man the week before, which has a variation on the same shot, but in a much less symbolic fashion, as a part of its closing sequence.) From this, you might actually be able to skip the rest of this review; if you are a fan of slow film of the Ozu/Tarr/etc. variety, I would hazard a guess that you will find a great deal here to enjoy. On the other hand, if you prefer movies that spell things out a little more, you might do better to avoid this one. I hope you are of the former stripe, because if you glom onto what Rohrwacher, turning in her first feature (she previously directed a documentary I have not yet tracked down-but after seeing this, it's on my priority list), is doing here, there are many reasons to devote your time to Corpo Celeste. The movie centers on Marta (Yle Vianello in her first screen appearance-I fervently hope it is not her last as well), a thirteen-year-old Italian girl raised in Switzerland, but whose mother has moved back to the Old Country (why is never specified). Her mother (Pasqualina Scuncia, also making her first screen appearance) and older sister (The New Monsters Today's Paola Lavini) are not religious folks, but Marta finds herself drawn to the Catholic church, and begins catechism classes under the tutelage of Rita (We Can Do That's Anita Ciprioli), the long-suffering assistant to local priest Don Mario (Gomorrah's Salvatore Cantalupo). While she initially throws herself into her religious studies with a great deal of fervor, the more she discovers about the inner workings of the church, the more she questions what she had initially seen as her faith-until an act of shocking violence makes her question whether she wants to commit herself. A movie in which not much happens save one central scene of violence that is almost entirely out of place? It's obvious Alice Rohrwacher is a big fan of Béla Tarr's, and if you've followed my reviews at all, you know that's as good as me saying "this is the best thing ever." It is a film that is chock full of symbolism, it is (to put it mildly) leisurely-paced, and judging by the IMDB boards, a lot of people looked at the movie's final scene and said "what exactly is it that I am watching here?". I can't exactly call this a spoiler: Marta, having wandered down to the beach, meets a small cadre of local children. One of them, eyes wide with wonder, puts something into her hand. This part I did have to look up afterwards: it is a disembodied lizard's tail. (I had thought it a worm of some sort.) She looks down at it, still thrashing around in the throes of autotomy, and considers it in the context of everything that has happened to her over the course of the film. Is that a spoiler? No-the spoiler lies in how you interpret the scene. But then, everyone has an interpretation. Better, perhaps, to say that the spoiler is in whether your interpretation of the scene is optimistic or pessimistic. In any case, I lost my train of thought there, as so often happens when I am confronted with this sort of beauty. Suffice to say that this is not a movie for everyone. But if slow film is your bag-if you like Ozu and Tarr and Jon Jost and folks like that-you're going to dig this. There is much, much, much going on below the surface for you to mull over, pull apart, ponder, and talk about with your pals after you've watched it, and as far as I'm concerned, that's what the best movies do: make the viewer think. **** Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review walter m Upon returning to her native Italy from Switzerland, Rita(Anita Caprioli) decides it is time for her younger daughter Marta(Yle Vianello) to go to religion classes by starting at the end with her confirmation. As an introduction, the family goes on a nighttime pilgrimage, followed by a religious demonstration where Father Mario's(Salvatore Cantalupo) cell phone goes off at the worst possible moment. Otherwise, Marta leads a normal life of a girl not quite 13 as she hogs the bathroom, borrows her older sister Rosa's(Maria Luisa de Crescenzo) clothing, has a finicky diet and does some of the cooking. Ok, so that last part is not so normal... I think what "Corpo Celeste" desperately wants to be about is a girl's coming of age, both intellectually and physically, but can't stay focused long enough, as it gets distracted by the smallest detail.(Oh, look! It's a cat!) That interferes with any chance of seeing the world through Marta's eyes. At this point, it is filled with religion but the movie does not have sharp enough satirical teeth for the task at hand. Look, I know religion can be a really prickly subject but you still have to know what you want to say. Is it that the Church has gotten so far away from its teachings(trust me on this, somebody will remember and that person might be Marta) that it has become just another pageant or does it have to become showy to stay relevant in the modern age? Make up your mind. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A (barely) teenage girl resettled in a very Catholic, though not catholic, Italian community after growing up in Switzerland begins catechism classes to prepare for her confirmation. It quickly becomes apparent that she is actually thinking, though, rather than just regurgitating rote statements as the others (including the adults) are. Her compassion and curiosity lead her to discover how faith and goodness do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. That said, the movie is only moderately successful at telling the story well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member In bilico fra la noia totale e lo scombiccherato intellettualismo etico di certa cultura "alta" affastella una tale mole di luoghi comuni che è difficile districarne un qualche senso. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Marta (Yle Vianello), a 13-year-old girl, moves back to southern Italy with her family and tests the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.
      Alice Rohrwacher
      Carlo Cresto-Dina
      Alice Rohrwacher
      Production Co
      RAI Cinema
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 17, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 40m
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