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Caterina in the Big City (Unrated)

Release Date: June 3rd (NYC-Landmark Sunshine Cinema and New Metro Twin), by Empire Pictures.
The Cast: Alice Teghil, Sergio Castellitto, Margherita Buy
In Italian with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A teenager named Caterina must adapt to city life when she and her family move from to Rome from her small country town.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There is so much to be entertained by in this charming film. First of all, the acting is very good, especially the Teghil plays the titular role of Caterina with a lot of ease. Also, Castellitto is hilarious and full of surprises as her crazy, loving father. As expected, the settings are beautiful and the music really good. It is amazing how a simple plot that has been recycled in many movies before can be so fun to watch. The reason is because each character is very likeable and believable--which owes thanks to the well-written script for the former and the strong acting for the latter. This film wonderfully combines drama and comedy in a very refreshing way.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There are a lot of messages about social behavior mixed with political messages throughout this film. It is inspiring to watch how Caterina slowly fits into her new society. Not only that, she also discovers herself--and her passion for music. Yes, this does sound like a typical coming-of-age story, but it is very moving and heartbreaking. Fortunately, none of these messages are treated too heavily, so anyone can understand and relate to this film.



THE BOTTOM LINE: A charming, intelligent, well-acted coming-of-age movie filled with social/political messages that are often funny, always surprising and very moving.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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