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Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Josie Alibrandi is a teenager who lives with her single mother, Christina, in a suburb of Sydney. Josie feels trapped by her Sicilian family heritage, particularly as represented by her strict grandmother, who has never forgiven Christina for having a baby out of wedlock. Christina is nervous about the fact that a former neighbour, Michael, now a successful lawyer, is returning to Sydney, since only Christina knows that Michael is in fact Josie's father. Josie has her own problems at school to contend with, not least the fact that although she has won a scholarship to a private school, at least one of the students has taken an instant dislike to her due to her background. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, ...Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
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Josie Alibrandi's story is one I can relate to deeply, being of mixed racial heritage & growing up in Australia during the same period as the book is set. I'm glad to say that it now seems incomprehensible that such racism could occur in our society, even only twenty years on, but the book & film still document a time in our history that is worth remembering - hopefully as a means of preventing a return to such prejudice.
But don't get me wrong - it's not a moral tale. It's a well told story, with great, real characters, who are brought to life beautifully by an exceptional cast. If I try to think of one to mention, I will simply have to list them all. You'll just have to watch it to see what I mean.
Falling in love, suicide, family secrets, school and friendships, this film will make you laugh and cry. A must see for anyone who has ever been young....
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