Caterina in the Big City (Caterina va in citta)
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Caterina in the Big City (Caterina va in citta)
A 15-year-old provincial girl moves to Rome and finds her new private school is a microcosm of the cultural and political divisions of Italian society. When her parents, Giancarlo and Agata, move from a seaside town in Tuscany to an ailing aunt's apartment in the big city, Caterina is ready for something new. Dad, a teacher in a tech school, has undisguised social ambitions and is delighted to see a list of famous last names attending his old alma mater, where Caterina will also be going. Her class is split between revolutionary no-globals and rich kids who parrot their parents'… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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, TheMovieChicks.com
"Subtitles that are damnably hard to read are all that gets in the way of Virzý's story, which simultaneously suffices as a teen drama and a political metaphor."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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