The Sicilian Girl | Chicago Reader

The Sicilian Girl

Movies like Marco Turco's Excellent Cadavers (2005) and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah (2008) have examined Italian organized crime with such intelligence and complexity that this drama by Marco Amenta has a hard time clearing the bar. It's based on the true story of Rita Atria, a 17-year-old child of a Mafia family whose father and brother were both assassinated by their own; hoping to get even, Rita broke the code of silence and volunteered her testimony to Paolo Borsellino, a crusading prosecutor in Palermo. Amenta manages some nice moments as the self-righteous teen (Veronica D'Agostino) begins to realize her father and brother were hardly the good guys they made themselves out to be. But the movie so often lapses into cliche—shutters closing as neighbors look away from a crime, a jump cut to scattering birds as a fatal shot is fired—that the drama begins to feel canned. In Italian with subtitles.



  • Marco Amenta


  • Giulia Andò
  • Roberto Bonura
  • Paolo Briguglia
  • Francesco Casisa
  • Giusi Cataldo
  • Veronica D'Agostino
  • Miriana Faja
  • Lollo Franco
  • Carmelo Galati
  • Gérard Jugnot
  • Marcello Mazzarella
  • Manuela Mulé
  • Mario Pupella
  • Primo Reggiani
  • Lorenzo Rosone


  • Simonetta Amenta
  • Tilde Corsi
  • Gianni Romoli

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