Directed by Alice Rohrwacher • 2011 • Italy
Starring Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Anita Caprioli
Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for ten years, quiet but curious thirteen-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 own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb toward adulthood.