The Sicilian Girl

Released 2009


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The Sicilian Girl is a 2009 Italian crime drama from director Marco Amenta. The movie is based on true events and tells the story of Mafia daughter Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino), a 17-year-old girl from the village of Balta who goes on to betray the Sicilian Mafia despite growing up surrounded by organized crime. In 1991, Rita's father and brother are killed in a gangland assignation. Rita is heartbroken and begins to keep a detailed journal of all the underground criminal activities she witnesses thereafter. On November 5th, Rita takes her diary to anti-Mafia investigative judge Borsellino (G''rard Jugnot) hoping to avenge the deaths of her father and brother by denouncing the Mafia system responsible for their murders. The Italian government offers Rita witness protection, but will this be enough to save her from the Sicilian Mafia who set out to carry out their own sordid justice on the young betrayer?

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  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Even if Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" hadn't dramatically raised the bar for mafioso movies, The Sicilian Girl would have repped a mediocre entry in the Cosa Nostra canon and a waste...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Walter Addiego

    Amenta was deeply moved by Rita's story, but his prosaic direction can't do it justice.

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Belonging more in the realm of tragic melodrama than true crime, The Sicilian Girl is hobbled by sluggish direction (by Marco Amenta, who previously addressed Atria's story in his ...

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Thrillers, Mobsters, Foreign Language