Corpo Celeste
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Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For those willing to overlook its few slips into heavy-handedness, "Corpo Celeste" tells a compelling story of a 12-year-old girl thrust into a strange new world."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Corpo Celeste would be a treat in any season, but it's particularly refreshing amid the summer-movie bombast."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Though at times heavy-handed in its imagery and slow-paced, Rohrwacher's debut feature is remarkably unadorned and touching, putting forth a realistic portrait of modern Italy at a time when the country faces economic hardship as well as cultural changes."
‑ Meredith Slifkin, Film Comment Magazine
"An accomplished debut."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film makes neat if familiar associations between Catholic ritual and sexual identity, and between religion and civic corruption."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
""Corpo Celeste" often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello)."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Vianello gives a lovely, unforced performance as Marta, who begins to see that the blue-eyed, open-armed fuzzy Jesus she's being sold is a fake."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"A heavenly coming-of-age film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Neither lights a fuse to our brains or hearts."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"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
"Alice Rohrwacher's debut fictional feature is an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood, assisted in no small measure by Vianello's disarmingly naturalistic performance."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Minor tonal inconsistencies are overcome by this intimate tale's naturalistic thesping and loose lensing style."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
"There are moments that suggest the director might do something better next time."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Rich, heady filmmaking that employs small strokes on a huge canvas."
‑ Sherwyn Spencer, Little White Lies
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