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The Sicilian Girl [Celluloid Hero]


The Sicilian Girl. (2008)

Mob movies are one of my favorite genres, and when you add in the element of being “based on a true story”, my intrigue only grows more. “The Sicilian Girl” tells the story of Rita Atria, the daughter of a Sicilian mob boss. His murder sends her on a lifelong quest for vengeance.

The movie is based on a documentary, so we’re led to believe that a majority of the events take place as depicted, but obviously some artistic license was taken. As far as the story, it felt believable enough to me. None of the events seemed particularly outlandish. The twists and turns seem plausible, things that definitely could have happened in the situation involving old-school Sicilian mobsters.

The issue I did have was with the acting, specifically the star Veronica D’Agostino. I understand her character is supposed to be a bit frayed, having years of stress and fear weighing on her shoulders. Still, there were times when she just seemed to explode and go way over-the-top with her acting, crossing the line into melodrama.

For a mob movie it doesn’t stack up with the heavyweights from Scorsese or Coppola, but for a small-budget foreign film, it’s worth a viewing.


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On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, “The Sicilian Girl” gets a 5 out of 10.

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