Corpo celeste

Corpo celeste

DVD - 2012 | Italian
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Thirteen year-old Marta, who has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister, struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : RB Media, c2012
Branch Call Number: DVD F COR Italian
Alternative Title: Raju

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

The Catholic church receives a well-deserved black eye in Alice Rohrwacher’s finely nuanced tale of one young girl’s introduction to the absurdity of organized religion. It’s not been an easy year for Marta; her family has moved back to Italy from Switzerland, she’s having her first period, and now she has to endure endless catechism classes in preparation for her Confirmation (a Catholic voodoo ceremony intended to cement one’s commitment to both God and dogma). Furthermore, her older sister is a bitch and her younger sister never misses an opportunity to play the adorable card as she dreams of becoming a saint because “people give you presents...” But instead of revealing deep spiritual truths the catechism lectures contain little more than useless trivia, mechanical prayers and insipid group activities; in one especially telling scene Marta and her cadre of future Catholic adults are blindfolded and forced to stumble aimlessly about the altar. Disillusioned by the hypocrisy and dogmatic prattle she witnesses Marta grows sullen and begins questioning the faith she’s expected to embrace. It takes a road trip to an abandoned country church to provide the epiphany she’s been waiting for, leading to a most wondrous and unique Confirmation of her own. Rohrwacher shines a light into some of the church’s darker recesses to lay bare a few uncomfortable truths. Despite the pious trappings and righteous euphemisms it’s all about power and control, a fact compounded by one woman’s degrading encounter with a Bishop’s dour aide. Neither heavy-handed nor sanctimonious this intelligently drawn film relies instead on the amazing talent of its diminutive star; a promising young actress with the ability to speak volumes with a single stare. A need for some tidier editing was its only flaw.

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gespinal
Aug 08, 2014

Caution! There is a scene of a half naked young female teenager.

Reported to VPL.

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mjayh
Apr 22, 2014

This takes a little while to get into, but I'm so glad I didn't give up on it. It quietly reveals the complexities of faith, the role of women in the church, the disenchantment of clergy, and other marvels.

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ms_mustard
Apr 09, 2013

Marta is finding her way in a new country, new family arrangement, new exposure to the Catholic church, and new expectations as she hits adolescence. many sad, funny and touching moments, especially on her trip with the priest back to his abandoned home town.

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