"The big payoffs arrive in a couple of small, understated moments of grace...thanks to Alice Rohrwacher's restrained buildup and direction, they certainly feel well earned."
"A quietly impressive feature debut."
– Screen Daily,
"Captivating! The images of two people, both in search of something heavenly, in this ghostly setting, is powerful, unforgettable stuff."
Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb towards adulthood.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
What can I say? Although the film has its points, but the film's style is very ponderous. It was so slow and has minimal dialogue. Yes, it was one of those films. I had a hard time staying awake. The film reflects a moral of religious hypocrisy so prevalent in many films.