Caterina in the Big City (Caterina va in citta)
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Caterina in the Big City (Caterina va in citta)
Writer/director Paolo Virz and co-writer Francesco Bruni follow up their sly fish-out-of-water comedy My Name Is Tanino with another comedy in a similar vein, Caterina in the Big City. Giancarlo (Sergio Castellitto) is delighted when he has an opportunity to leave his provincial teaching job and drag his wife Agata (Margherita Buy) and 12-year old daughter Caterina (newcomer Alice Teghil) back to his old neighborhood in Rome. Caterina is a sweet, nave, and pretty girl, and on her first day of school, she finds herself mocked as a hick. Her classmates are the sons and daughters of Rome's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"On the surface, Caterina in the Big City is like Mean Girls, Italian-style. But it's much more layered than that."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Though Caterina is unusually well-acted and crafted for this kind of movie ... Giancarlo is the one character who makes the movie special."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A truly wonderful coming-of-age tale, suffused with wit and warmth."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Caterina faces challenges in this coming-of-age movie, but nothing earth-shattering or exceptional."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Subtitles that are damnably hard to read are all that gets in the way of Virz's story, which simultaneously suffices as a teen drama and a political metaphor."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Caterina in the City is a coming-of-age story, of course, but its adult characters are also well rendered."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Played in a manic, volcanic manner by Castellitto, Giancarlo is a constant source of humor and embarrassment."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Italian Caterina in the Big City is sloppy, but it's on to something."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"...a funny, affecting, and intricate comedy that continually surprises and gets better as it goes along."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Teghil, with her soft, plain features and sad eyes, gives a sweet, honest, unaffected performance that brings Virzi's themes to full bloom in the bosom of teenage anxiety..."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"It's an adolescent-to-adult drama that never veers into maudlin or sugary territory. There's a realness on screen that translates to any culture."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"It's not a satire, it's a family drama whose social and political thoughts flicker like a neon sign on the fritz. Alas, sentimentality is the movie's pilot light."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An odd, and oddly dishonest bird."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The film uses its surprisingly sly humor to win over the audience and also manages to say quite a bit about the differences between the haves and have-nots of the world, yet without becoming too full of itself."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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