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