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LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Josie Alibrandi (Pia Miranda) lives with her mum, Christina (Greta Scacchi), in the protective shadow of her Nonna, Katia (Elena Cotta) and in ignorance of the identity of her father, Michael (Anthony LaPaglia). She is 17 and about to face the biggest year of her life so far, finishing school. It should be enough that she has to cope with her weird Italian heritage and the fact that she's about to do her HSC exams as a scholarship student at an exclusive girls' school with high expectations of getting into university to study law. In this watershed year she discovers boys, tragedy and joy, the identity of her father, and, most of all, she begins to work out who she really is …

Josie Alibrandi (Pia Miranda) lives with her mum, Christina (Greta Scacchi), in the protective shadow of her Nonna, Katia (Elena Cotta) and in ignorance of the identity of her father, Michael (Anthony LaPaglia). She is 17 and about to face the biggest year of her life so far. In this watershed year she discovers boys, tragedy and joy, the identity of her father, and, most of all, she begins to work out who she really is …

Melina Marchetti’s book on which the film is based has been a huge success, as has the film. The DVD release makes it accessible for long term enjoyment – and is warmly recommended. The unfussy design of the menus and user friendly features make it a pleasure to delve deeper into the film and its intentions, the characters and the essential juices of the story – the universality of the issues and the engaging emotions.

The main commentary, by the director, writer and the producer, is well balanced, technically astute (recording a three-voice commentary is not easy); it’s at once intimate and interesting, intelligent and insightful.

The lengthy deleted scene is well presented in two versions: one with production sound and one with commentary. The scene might sit well in the book, but it was considered to be too violent, too ugly for the overall tone of the film.
Andrew L. Urban

Publication date: November 9, 2000

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LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI (M )
(Australia)

CAST: Pia Miranda, Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta, Kerry Walker

DIRECTOR: Kate Woods

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: October 31, 2000
RRP: $34.95

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Widescreen
Audio commentary
Deleted scene
Scene access
Biographies
Photo gallery
Story boards and working script excerpts
Music videos: Killing Heidi, Lo-tel
Subtitles for the hearing impaired







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