IFF21 Sirley

15+

93 Min

Upcoming Roman director Elisa Amoruso’s semi-autobiographical fiction debut chronicles a young girl’s plight as she strives to make sense of her place in the world under the not-so-watchful eyes of her dysfunctional parents. It’s 1990 and 13-year-old Nina’s (Emma Fasano) incredibly messy family has been forced to move from the centre of Rome to its outskirts. While her parents (Micaela Ramazzotti and Giampaolo Morelli) are in a constant state of conflict, Nina starts classes at her new school, only to rapidly enter into explosive conflict with Sirley (Manon Bresch), a quarrelsome student from South America who dances the Lambada. But antagonism quickly turns to friendship, and between the two an intense, very strong bond is created that will define their coming-of-age. Their friendship will lead Nina to discover her place not only in the world, but in the heart of her family.

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