The Sicilian Girl
The Sicilian Girl (La siciliana ribelle) is a French/Italian drama, based on the true story of 17-year-old Rita, a Sicilian girl who had the courage to testify against the Mafia. It’s the second Italian Mafia movie in recent months, Gomorrah, which takes a gritty, hard hitting look at the modern day mafia being the first. Unlike Gomorrah however, which held no glimmer of hope or redemption, The Sicilian Girl is based on a real story and shows the power that each of us has, to stand up for what we believe.
Through the movie we see the world through the eyes of Rita, a girl who’s initial motives are purely for revenge, but through the trial that made her and everyone around her marked for death, her eyes were opened even more to the hidden reality of her childhood..
It’s as hard hitting as Gomorrah but on a more emotional level. The violence is restrained, though never completely hidden, director Marco Amenta only shows as much as is needed to get the point across and shows amazing skill at weaving a story so that when the plot surprises come, we are totally surprised, and at one point shocked beyond comprehension.
The visual quality of the screener DVD that I watched was not great, So I can’t really comment on the visual style or the sound quality, but the storyline – which admittedly does get stuck in the mire on occasion – was riveting and the acting convincing.
A nice touch at the end, and this is often the case with true stories such as this, was the inclusion of some archival footage of Rita and the events surrounding the end of the film.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Starring: Veronica D’Agostino, Gérard Jugnot, Giulia Andò, Roberto Bonura, Paolo Briguglia, Francesco Casisa
Directed by: Marco Amenta
Genre: Drama, Crime
Duration: 1hr 47mins
Rating: [M] contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes