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  • Summary: 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 way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb towards adulthood. (Film Movement) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Quietly compelling, the cerebral slice of social realism is well worth hunting down.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Rohrwacher almost overplays her metaphors, but her understated characterizations, cinematographer Hélène Louvart's rapturous range, and especially Vianello's eerie grace combine to make Corpo Celeste the ideal cinematic antidote to the summer doldrums.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jun 5, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Jun 5, 2012
    75
    Once Corpo Celeste began to recede a little in my rearview mirror, my initial impatience softened a little.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jun 5, 2012
    70
    Rohrwacher's picture offers a Dardennes-esque look at a working-class teen's growing pains in a backwater parish in southern Italy. Minor tonal inconsistencies are overcome by this intimate tale's naturalistic thesping and loose lensing style.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 5, 2012
    60
    An accomplished debut.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jun 7, 2012
    50
    Ms. Rohrwacher combines a documentary impulse (effective in family scenes) with a more allegorical one. Her film gets clunky when allegory has the upper hand, and that means Corpo Celeste often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello).

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