Caterina In The City (In Subtitled Italian)

"OK"

Caterina In The City (In Subtitled Italian) Review


On its surface, the lightweight Italian coming-of-agedrama "Caterina in the City" falls somewhere between the nothingnessof a tweenybopper popcorn movie and the darker peer-pressure sensibilitiesof 2003's hard-biting "Thirteen."

Underneath, it's also a political satire in which middle-schoolcliques take on the veneer of fascists, communists and socialists, whilethe activist parents of these children have slipped so far into passionaterhetoric that they seem almost surreal.

Trying desperately to keep her head above water while navigatingthis sea of supercharged social mores is naive, soft-spoken, 14-year-oldCaterina (Alice Teghil), recently transplanted to sophisticated Rome froma provincial corner of the Mediterranean nation. Alternately harassed andcourted by gaggles of grungy hippie girls and partying sexpot popular types,what little self-identity she has is constantly being trampled by the strongerpersonalities of her class's queen bees.

Meanwhile, at home the poor girl's pride is helpless inthe wake of her bitter, blustery, unstable father (Sergio Catellitto),who fancies himself an underappreciated intellectual and can't wait toride his daughter's coattails into the socio-political circles of her friends'parents -- among them a government minister and a famous liberal activist.Honest and loving, but dim and meek, her mother (Margherita Buy) is nohelp either.

To make his political points, writer-director Paolo Virziplays loose with the way catty schoolgirls really behave (the popular girlsare inexplicably eager to welcome awkward Caterina into their fold andmold her), and this films will certainly be of more interest to those witha working knowledge of Italian politics. But young Teghil, with her soft,plain features (almost as moldable as Caterina's character) and sad eyes,gives a sweet, honest, unaffected performance that brings Virzi's themesto full bloom in the bosom of teenage anxiety -- and thus just saves themovie from its own conceit.

Whether or not "Caterina in the City" would,in the U.S., appeal more to politically minded grown-ups or young teenagegirls (who could recognize their anxieties as universal by identifyingwith Caterina) is hard to say. But I think both would enjoy it.



Facts and Figures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Paolo Virzì

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Advertisement
Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.