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Based on the true story of Rita Atria and prosecutor Paolo Borsellino, THE SICILIAN GIRL tells the gripping story of a young girl who broke the code of silence -- the "Omerta" -- that enshrouds the Sicilian Mafia. On a November morning in 1991, 17 year-old Rita Mancusa (Veronica D'Agostino) marches into the District Attorney's office of Palermo, and demands to speak with the anti-mafia prosecutor (Gerard Jugnot). They had first met six years earlier, in her home village of Balata. At that time he was investigating an apparent mob-related slaying, and Rita's beloved father Michele (Marcello Mazzarella) was a respected leader in the community. Now her father is dead, as well as her brother (Carmelo Galati). Both men were members of the mafia; both men were assassinated by a rival mob. Rita demands revenge. This would be the first time a woman born into the mob would defy the "Family" and offer testimony about the nefarious activities of the Sicilian Mafia.
I was fascinated from the first moments of the film until the very end.
Good to see the mafia put in a realistic light. They are often put in a false positive image--they are evil and need to be presented that way.
An intimate portrayal of the incestuous mafia world. Emotionally impactful. Sad and reality based. This culture permeates Italian culture at large. Even though I've seen many mafia movies, still can't comprehend how this world of supposed honor, loyalty and tradition became foundational. Nevertheless, the filmmaker made a sensational story about this cancerous reality.