is a narrative feature that is both a coming-of-age tale and an
faith (or the lack thereof) in a local community church where becoming
confirmed is considered the most important social activity for youth to
participate in and the adults in the church seem to consider their
status than their place in the community.
story centers upon the young 13
year old Marta (Yle Vianello). Marta is largely ignored from her
she is left to herself most of the time. They decide to include her in
confirmation activities so that she can socialize with others her age
that she can then participate in the local church activities more
Her family has just moved back to Italy, and they aren't very familiar
anyone around them and decide this is as good of a social activity as
could make her be a part of.
is curious about the world and
about herself. She likes to wander, to explore, and the world around
like something she should try and understand more. She asks many
seeks greater understanding. The church seems to be a perfect fit for
Marta's curiosity and sometimes philosophical ponderings.
Marta soon realizes that
most of the adults around her (including the priest who works at the
seem more concerned with themselves than with the words or lessons to
film is artistically filmed and
it has an interesting concept. It wants
to be a coming of age story unlike anything else, and it wants to pose
questions about organized religion and how a sense of spirituality can
even at a young age. However, filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher is someone who
to find long, methodical shots of buildings, activities, and events as
interesting kind of thing to include in her film and most of Corpo Celeste is filled with
uninteresting moments filmed with a pseudo-documentary approach and
story to unravel the story at a more interesting pace or with a better
some problems with the film.
Perhaps the biggest issue was that I was not invested in the
might as well add that I thought the approach was too simplistic in
The characters seem to be caricatures more than actual representations
people are like and while some of the ideas expressed in the film are
they are not really that well-handled.
should have been more care towards
telling a story but instead director/writer Rohrwacher seemed more
with simply filming artistically and letting the story of Corpo
unfold at its glacial and uninteresting pace. The film is a bit of a
while it seems to consider itself challenging and profound it feels
to behold than anything.
picture quality on this release isn't up to par with many of the Film
releases. While Corpo
is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the film presentation
sometimes garbled by odd compression. The cinematography and style of
is well maintained but the film's transfer is a bit soft and
surround sound audio preserves the original Italian language audio
is also a 2.0 stereo audio option included on this release. This is a
quiet film and there wasn't as much going on with this soft and
design. English subtitles are provided.
monthly short film on this Film Movement release is the Academy Award
Raju (from director Max Zahle). The
short film is actually much better than the feature length effort this
nearly thirty minute long effort and it's one of the best short films I
seen on any Film Movement release. It focuses on a German couple that
with a difficult situation when their recently adopted son goes missing
they learn that the son they had adopted in Kolkata had been kidnapped
parents to be given a "better life". This was an amazing short film and
that is undeniably powerful and important.
an underwhelming mess of a film that attempted to be an interesting and
introspective work of art. Luckily, this Film Movement release still
merit because Raju, an amazing
Academy Award nominated short film, is also included on this release. I
renting this release just to see the short film.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.