Saturday, April 3, 2010


By D.E.Levine

A New Directors/New Films 2010 Selection

Directors: Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Writer: Tizza Covi
Cast: Tairo Caroli, Asia Crippa, Patrizia Geradi and Walter Saabel
Producers: Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Country of Origin: Austria-Italy
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Although the genre is drama the film plays more like docu-fiction as the two director/producers create a moving film about a two-year old child who is found by a jobless circus worker, on the outskirts of Rome.

Patty finds an abandoned girl while looking for her dog, Hercules. When it starts raining she takes the child, La Privellina (the little squirt) to her caravan which she shares with her German husband.

At the caravan Patty discovers a note from the child's mother saying "she will return."

Patty and Walter live near another circus family whose teenage son befriends the little girl.

All of the parts are played by real circus performers rather than professional actors. These folks give amazingly realistic and touching performances much of which appears to be improvised rather than scripted.

The little girl gives a realistic performance and demonstrates personality as well as a determination to remain with Patty and Walter instead of returning to her mother.

It's a beautiful film where the writer/directors handled the cinematography, production design.

The plot is simple, the cast relatively small and the tension over what will happen to the child resonates with the audience.

La Privellina is the type of film that proves a movie doesn't have to be large and expensive in order to be quality and hold the attention of the audience.