AMANDA – Review by Liz Braun

For her feature debut, writer/director Carolina Cavalli presents everything you ever wanted to know about human isolation in Amanda, the blackly comic story of one Gen-Z misfit. Amanda (the brilliant Benedetta Porcaroli) is 24 and rootless. She lives in Turin with her wealthy family and has no work or purpose, no real goals or structure to her life and no friends or romantic interests. Sometimes Amanda visits an emaciated horse on what appears to be an abandoned property. She looks online for people to talk to and engages in conversation with the Siri-like persona on her phone.

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AMANDA – Review by Nadine Whitney

The titular protagonist of Carolina Cavalli’s delightfully absurd yet heartfelt film, Amanda has one of the worst cases of arrested development for a twenty-five-year-old in recent cinema history. The film is an absurdist coming-of-age story that is reminiscent of something Lanthimos or Baumbach might have put together but remains completely Cavalli. Amanda is perpetually fifteen, or even younger at times. She’s brilliant, devious, spikey, absurd, and yet somewhat wonderful. Marching across the streets of Turin in her odd (and rarely changing) costume of boots, an eighties inspired peter pan collar shirt, and a granny vest, Amanda is constantly sticking her middle finger up at almost everything.

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