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Criticism of ‘For Chiara’, the other side of the mafia

Directed by Jonas Carpignano, the Italian production features Swamy Rotolo, Carmela Fumo and Claudio Rotolo.

Countless stories have been told about the mafia, but what really interests Jonas Carpignano is to find out to what extent everything this universe of corruption affects the weakest links in these families, the children and young people who face the assumption of delinquency almost like an inherited tradition. Thus, ‘Para Chiara’ is told from the strict perspective of a 15-year-old girl who lives carefree until she discovers that her father is a member of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. From that moment on, a convulsive process of investigation will begin on her part that will lead her to assume a series of contradictions that have to do with her own identity.

The director uses an extremely sensitive style that immerses us in this search that takes place both physically and mentally. He makes it through a delicate balance between reality and fiction, the result of exhaustive fieldworkin which the social portrait slips through the inquisitive gaze of Chiara, the immense protagonist.

For those who want to discover a different mafia story.

The best: her organic visual style and Chiara’s imposing gaze.

The worst: that the viewer feels lost, like the character himself.


Direction: Jonas Carpignano Distribution: Swamy Rotolo, Carmela Fumo, Claudio Rotolo, Rosa Caccamo Original title: To Chiara Country: Italy Year: 2021 Release date: 01–04-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Jonas Carpignano Duration: 121 minutes

Synopsis: The Guerrasio family and their friends get together to celebrate the eighteenth birthday of Claudio and Carmela’s eldest daughter. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 16-year-old sister Chiara as they compete on the dance floor. It is a happy occasion and the family is united and in top form. However, everything changes the next day when Claudio disappears.

Source: Fotogramas

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