La Pivellina

La Pivellina

           La Pivellina
               Genre: Drama
               Outsider, Cannes 2009, circus, Berlinale 2010, Artists, foundling
  It is a totally unexpected gift of time, which happens at the fairground family Patrizia (Patrizia Gerardi) and her husband Walter (Walter Saabel). In search of the runaway dog of the two is the woman from the circus on a swing a lonely, just two years old girl in a pink parka (Asia Crippa) – just “la pivellina” – was the obvious and exposed at some point, so is in the enclosed letter to read, will be picked up. Although lead Patrizia and Walter more than a precarious existence and life as a traveling folk constantly poised on the brink of bankruptcy, take the two in a touching manner of delightful little girl and try to give her as long as a home until the whole matter cleared up has. Soon, the little princess with the bright eyes and her childlike curiosity the undisputed focal point in the life of Patrizia, Walter and all the other showmen with whom they live together. Nevertheless, always a dark cloud hovering over the unexpected good fortune, as all know very well that the child will soon be gone. And it’s almost irrelevant whether it will be the mother or the police, who are first to be there. has The world of the circus and the fairground it Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel obviously very pleased, some years ago they explored with their documentary Babooska the lives of performers and artists. Now they devote themselves in her feature film again this environment and it is no wonder that the precise knowledge of the lives of artists and documentary trained eye and the film shape, which acts in many moments of almost like a feature film, but as an authentic description livelihoods of the vulnerable, who live in the truest sense of the word on the margins of society. This one feels, for example, clearly, if Walter is afraid of the police, who could guess, his fear that the girl was not missing, but was kidnapped by the artistes. That this prejudice is not complying with the realities that shows itself in the fact that just here in the so-called “precarious” edge of society, the (normal) human emotions of compassion, solidarity and willingness to continue still present and functioning. By the amateur actors, all of which in real life are actually traveling as artists and by the unvarnished and often very sad view of the parlous circumstances you feel at La Pivellina both the Italian neo-realism and Federico Fellini’s La strada and to the rough and dismal social studies of the brothers Dardenne recalled. And yet there is no mere imitation of La Pivellina called role models, but in its simplicity and truth touching film, in which first and foremost a little girl charms, whose innocence and naturalness in the end thus leaving almost pay something like hope. It is the undisputed center of this film, which was last year at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight has already received an enthusiastic and who was also on display at the 2010 Berlinale. Moreover, the fairytale life was moving at numerous festivals awarded several prizes, such as in Gijon, Leeds, Mumbai, Annecy and the diagonal of 2010, where the film won the Grand Prize in the feature film category. La Pivellina is a real little discovery with a big heart. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: La Pivellina Country of production: , Italy, Austria Year of Production: 2009 Length: 100 (min) Distribution Movie Gallery 451

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