In this furiously paced drama, Calabrian teenager Chiara investigates her father’s disappearance just one day after her oldest sister’s birthday. As she gets closer to the difficult truth about her mysteriously missing father—and the crime syndicates that control her region— Chiara is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself. A coming-of-age chronicle like no other, A CHIARA is both an intimate and universal family story. Winner of the Cannes’ Directors' Fortnight Award and a rising voice of Italian cinema, filmmaker Jonas Carpignano continues his exploration of the intricacies of life in contemporary Calabria with this compelling character study of a teenager who gradually comes to discover that her close-knit family is not all that it seems.
R, 121 min. Italian with subtitles.
"Rotolo’s expressive portrayal provides an emotional anchor as the gritty and visually striking film gains momentum while its twists yield an evocative poignancy." – Cinemalogue
"A CHIARA is a movie one not only enjoys watching unfold, but sitting with, mulling over, and discussing with friends in the days that follow." – Screen Rant
"Carpignano’s script is put together with an ingenuity that deftly avoids every looming cliche. He doesn’t romanticise the mafia’s corruption or its violence, but he doesn’t sensationalise it either." – Sydney Morning Herald
"A CHIARA deepens all the core emotional moments that mafia films carry and challenges how the genre in the past has been able to capture the love and strength of family that keeps their narratives bound." – Pajiba