The Sicilian Girl
He’s not hiding her from an inappropriate film, just a boring one.

Theatrical Release Date: 09/17/2010
Director: Marco Amenta
Cast: Veronica D’Agostino, Gérard Jugnot, Francesco Casisa, Marcello Mazzarella, Mario Pupella, Paolo Briguglia

Some reviews take a lot into account. Films are comprised of scripts, actors, a director, cinematographer, etc., etc. Well, with “The Sicilian Girl”, I’m not going to need a lot of words to discuss it fully.

Simply put, there’s not a lot in the film worth talking about. All of the acting is mediocre, the script feels like it was paint by number (even though it’s based on a true story), and the direction is lackluster at best. The camera work is sloppy; and it’s so dark and claustrophobically shot that it’s hard to ever pull back and care about the big picture.

Try as I might, there was no investment in the character of Rita (Veronica D’Agostino), the daughter of a Sicilian mafia boss. Her father and brother are murdered, which should be traumatic but comes across like just another crime. She goes into the witness protection program, forced to leave behind her childhood love (who also works for the rival mafia boss) but my heartstrings never felt pulled to care about her plight. She effectively rats on the mafia, and her own family in the process; we’re supposed to feel sorry for the situation she’s found herself in but all I wondered was if I had set the DVR to record Monday night’s NFL game (I hadn’t).

It’s an interesting story but the filmmakers never fully take advantage of this, instead delivering some Italian version of the Hallmark movie of the week. Gérard Jugnot, playing the hard-nosed prosecutor trying to take down the mafia, tries hard to inject some much needed energy into the project, but it just isn’t enough. The real-life footage provided at the end is the most affecting and a straight documentary would have been much more apropos (Amenta made one previously but I have not seen it yet). Sadly, the dramatized version of events doesn’t do much and even if you’re really hard up for a film based on a true story and your cable is on the fritz, there’s just nothing special about “The Sicilian Girl” and I can only give it a 2 out of 5.