Looking for Alibrandi chronicles a year in the life of Josie Alibrandi, a third-generation Italian-Australian on the brink of adulthood. In her last year of school, Josie grapples with the awkwardness of first love, the grief of unexpected death and the uncovered secrets of her family history. It's a turbulent year for Josie as she seeks to find her place in the world. Brimming with warmth, humour and vitality, Looking for Alibrandi pits the desire to be independent against the need to belong, in a story that will appeal to all ages. The full screenplay and stills from the film are published here with an introduction by Anna Maria Dell'oso and an essay by Marchetta about adapting her award-winning novel for the screen.
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(210mm x 137mm x 7mm)
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US Kirkus Review »
In this Australian import, Marchetta gets the voice of teenage angst just right in a hormone saturated coming-of-age story. Josephine Alibrandi, 17 and of Italian descent, is torn between her traditional upbringing, embodied by both her immigrant grandmother and her overprotective mother, and the norms of teenage society. A scholarship student at an esteemed Catholic girls' school, she struggles with feelings of inferiority not only because she's poorer than the other students and an "ethnic," but because her mother never married. These feelings are intensified when her father, whom she's just met, enters and gradually becomes part of her life. As Josephine struggles to weave the disparate strands of her character into a cohesive tapestry of self, she discovers some unsavory family secrets, falls in love for the first time, copes with a friend's suicide, and goes from being a follower to a leader. Although somewhat repetitive and overlong, this is a tender, convincing portrayal of a girl's bumpy ride through late adolescence. Some of the Australian expressions may be unfamiliar to US readers, but the emotions translate perfectly. (Kirkus Reviews)
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