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The Ciambra Rated 15

The Ciambra

Dir. Jonas Carpignano. Italy, 2017. 1h 58m. Italian/subs. Starring Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato, Francesco Pio Amato, Iolanda Amato, Patrizia Amato.

In a small Romani community on the outskirts of a coastal town in southern Italy, a 14-year-old boy embarks on a life of crime to support his family following their father’s arrest. An impressive amateur cast gives this gritty crime drama a deep sense of realism.

'So peppy and vivid - so dynamic-and-demotic - that it could have been directed by a young Martin Scorsese.’ ★★★★ Nigel Andrews, The FT

‘There is something euphoric, but also sad, about watching an unschooled performer dominate through some mysterious and serendipitous rightness in the matching of face, performer and material.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian