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.
- "The big payoffs arrive in a couple of small, understated moments of grace...thanks to Alice Rohrwacher's restrained buildup and direction, they certainly feel well earned."
- "A quietly impressive feature debut."
- "Captivating! The images of two people, both in search of something heavenly, in this ghostly setting, is powerful, unforgettable stuff."
Awards & Recognition
Sundance Film Festival
New York Film Festival
Director's Fortnight Cannes Film Festival
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
Dubai Int'l Film Festival
Munich Int'l Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Chicago Int'l Film Festival
Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
St. Louis Int'l Film Festival
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Boulder Int'l Film Festival
Portalnd Int'l Film Festival
Miami Int'l Film Festival
Cleveland Int'l Film Festival