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Corpo Celeste (U)


Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.

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The critical consensus

The film as a whole is a rather gloomy watch, and its slight story arc leaves it feeling like a skilled but overextended short.

***(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 23/03/2012

With echoes of the Dardennes and Lucrecia Martel, Corpo Celeste’s acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch.

****(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 19/03/2012

Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 26/03/2012

Though beautifully shot and with a lovely performance from Vianello, the subtlety is overdone, leaving the film to meander for long stretches.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 29/03/2012

Alice Rohrwacher's film is a deeply strange meditation on faith and identity.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 30/03/2012

There are moments that suggest the director might do something better next time.

Philip French, The Observer, 01/04/2012

Features about Corpo Celeste (U)

Corpo Celeste (U)

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Monday April 2, 2012, until Thursday April 5, 2012. More info:

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