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A Ciambra (2018)



Critic Consensus: A powerful character study, A Ciambra burns slowly, letting its compelling cast carry what could otherwise be just another coming-of-age story.

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In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region's factions - the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he's ready to step into his big brother's shoes but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.

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This is a vibrant if familiar art-house drama, with rough-and-tumble camerawork, highly physical performances, and fly-on-the-wall observations that recall the films of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Carpignano doesn't judge his characters. He just lays bare what makes them tick.

June 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The textures and attention to detail enrich the familiar story beats.

June 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The wildly impressive amateur cast and novice Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano...have done their jobs and created an impossibly gripping fiction.

June 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

So peppy and vivid - so dynamic-and-demotic - that it could have been directed by a young Martin Scorsese.

June 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What a rush of storytelling energy and style.

June 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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