La siciliana ribelle

La siciliana ribelle

The Sicilian girl

DVD - 2010 | Italian
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Dramatic retelling of the story of Rita Atria, a 17-year-old Sicilian girl whose father and brother were both Mafia members (and victims) who break the vow of silence that enshrouds that world, and gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino. Her days are numbered from that moment on. She only has nine months to live.
Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, [2010]
Copyright Date: © 2010
ISBN: 9786313883783
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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May 07, 2017

Excellent. The fight against the Mafia continues to this day; this film shows the development of a Mafia don's daughter into a young woman who makes the life-altering decision to shatter her world, with dawning comprehension of the cost. The men who depict law enforcement are marvelously human as they help her to safety. The prosecutor does well at being a care-worn, paternal presence without being overbearing, allowing her to find her own way. Sicily itself shines in its own sun-seared way, with its old customs overcome by not just modernity but also the dangerous drug trade. In Italian with English subtitles.

Jun 22, 2015

Taken from 1990’s headlines, Marco Amenta’s true story about a mafia daughter turned informer is as heartbreaking as it is infuriating. Growing up in Sicily with a father whom she admired for being an “honorable” mafioso boss—one who always settled conflicts peacefully—little Rita Atria is shocked when he is murdered by the very people he called friends. But when the mob strikes her family yet again, an older Rita decides to fight back by going to the police; an unforgivable sin in a society where the underworld is both judge and jury and cops are seen as the real enemy. Now in a witness protection program and shunned by her own mother, Rita slowly comes to realize that doing the right thing comes at a horrible price for not only does the mafia fight back with a terrifying vengeance, she is also forced to accept some uncomfortable truths about her late father. With her safety tenuous at best and the case against the men she accused going badly, Rita decides on one last desperate gambit to try and ensure justice is done… A host of stellar performances deliver a painfully believable script (based on actual court transcripts) to tell the tale of one woman’s journey from laissez-faire supporter to passionate adversary. Vengeance and Justice are never the same thing, and in Amenta’s capable hands this lesson is delivered with deadly accuracy.

Jan 29, 2013

Intense story of the Sicilian Mafia shakedown of the 1980s and 90s, a semi-factual narrative told through the eyes of a girl in the Family. Well done, involving.


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