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The Sicilian Girl

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Based on the true story of Rita Atria and Judge Paolo Borsellino, The Sicilian Girl is the dramatic retelling of Atria's story: how a 17-year-old Sicilian whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims) breaks the vow of silence that enshrouds that world, and gives evidence to famed anti-mafia judge Borselino. Drawing upon Rita's extensive diaries, director Marco Amenta tells her story, beginning in Sicily in 1985. A small child experiences her beloved father as a respected member of the community, a man to whom the neighbors turn for help when a rapacious landlord orders their eviction,. Soon after, he's shot dead in the sun drenched village square as his daughter looks on. Six years later, her brother is murdered. In court, Rita's words are denounced as "the ravings of a fantatical adolescent bent on revenge". But are they?


"A Gritty Trajectory of Revenge, Betrayal & Retribution". --New York Magazine

"Facinating, Thrilling, Nail Biting" --Washington City Paper

"Intoxicating, Cinematic Brew" --News Blaze

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  • Actors: Gerard Jugnot
  • Directors: Marco Amenta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043CT9E4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on November 10, 2010
Format: DVD
As a humanist, I despise settling problems with a gun. In rare cases it is justified - fighting the Nazis, let's say. But too often the gun is glorified in film. Not so, this story. It is the tale of a young women brought up in an Italian Mafia family whose father is gunned down by a rival in the "family." This happens when she is a small girl. Her brother tells her to be strong and pick the time to get revenge. Over time, Rita starts to document the meetings, killings, and conversations of the Mafia players with photos and notes in diary after diary. After her brother is brutally murdered, she gathers the courage to go public, go to the public prosecutor in Palermo, Sicily. This is a true story.

The result...the Mafia attacks the justice systems itself - killing policeman and lawyers for the government...and looking for Rita herself. To these hoods, killing is acceptable, even ordinary...but telling the truth to the police? Well, that's the most unspeakable crime from the Mafia's point of view. Yet this daughter of a crime family has the rare courage to do...just that.

This is really an extraordinary picture that reminds me of the "Battle of Algiers" in unraveling its story. None of the murders are depicted heroically...they are shown as the dirty, ugly crimes that they really are. There are some surprising revelations about the girl's father. The courtroom scenes are spectacular in an understated sort of way.

The acting throughout is believable and this was filmed on location. The picture even has a rough quality about it...like a documentary. No bones about it, I thought it was one of the best films of 2010.

I dislike the romanticism of many American gangster pictures. For the truth, try "The Sicilian Girl."
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doctor.Generosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2011
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So many American movies glamourize the mafia as a sort of heroic bunch of tough guys, admired for their standup spirit and code of honor. This powerful drama shows how the real mafia behaves in its Sicilian homeland towards its own people. Poor farmers are murdered if someone desires their land. Neighbors are murdered for making a slight lapse of etiquette. Mafia associates are murdered over business decisions, or for revenge. There is nothing glamourous about it, it's just a sick way of life based in an impoverished and undeveloped land where a willingness to kill becomes the main "business asset."

The Italian public finally rebelled against this system over recent decades and has tried to eradicate it, but it's been a struggle which is yet to completely succeed. The mafia has fought back by corrupting high officials and murdering prosecutors and judges.

This movie is based on a true story from the early 1990's how a young Sicilian girl took on a whole evil mafia clan which had oppressed her village and killed her father and brother. She paid a big price for her courage and the Italian nation paid a big price including the assassination of officials. Not a happy movie but riveting throughout. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By phreejax on May 15, 2011
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There are quite a few fine reviews already written here... I just wanted to add my 5-stars worth.
I was drawn to this movie initially because my father's family is Calabrian (where we have our own bad guys, the 'Ndrangheta, but they're pretty much like the Sicilian Cosa Nostra).

So I started watching the movie for personal reasons, but found myself quite fascinated by this (approximately) true story. The direction and pacing I thought were fine, although the 'main' plot may develop too slowly for some. Ultimately, though, the main actor, Veronica D'Agostino, is so strong she basically carries the plot past any slow parts. Bear in mind, this is much more a melodrama than crime thriller (think "Godfather," not "Public Enemies"), but is also less sentimental about the Mafia-types than any movie I can think of.

La Cosa Nostra (and the 'Ndrangheta) are thugs and killers who are "honorable men" only in their own twisted minds, and Rita Atria -- the real 17-year-old upon whom this movie is based -- wanted the whole world to know it, even if it killed her.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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This movie played for a week or two at the Cincinnati "art theatre" (The Esquire) for a couple of weeks in 2010, and sadly I missed it, for whatever reason. I had been looking forward to seeing this, and I was not disappointed.

"La Siciliana Rebelle" ("The Sicilian Rebel", for whatever reason released in the US under the dumbed-down title of "The Sicilian Girl") (110 min.) brings the real-life story in the late 80s/early 90s of a teenager in Balata, Sicily who at age 11 sees her father, a Sicilian mafioso, gunned down by other mafioso. While she wants immediate revenge, her brother urges her to be patient and "build strength". While they do, she starts keeping detailed diaries of the events in the town, including the comings and goings of the mafioso as they build the drug trade. Six years later, her brother is brutally murdered by the same rival mafioso that killed her dad, and at that point she decides to go to the procesutor's office to get revenge/justice. A trial eventually ensues. The story then really picks up from there, and I won't spoil the plot. I will say that I was not prepared for the ending, which I did not expect at all.

This is a beautifully done movie, and the performance of Veronica D'Agostino as the 17/18 yr. girl is extraordinary, period. The movie received a number of recognitions and festival prices for both the director and the lead actress, although it was sadly overlooked for an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Movies category. Nevermind. This movie is highly recommended!
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