Le mie ragazze di carta

TEENAGERS, THE EXPLORATION OF SEXUALITY AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATIONS: LE MIE RAGAZZE DI CARTA IS A PORTRAIT OF THE 1970S IN A MODERN LIGHT.

The micro-stories of teenagers during puberty and adolescence are intertwined with the big stories of socio-economic change. It is the end of the 1970s, 1978 to be precise, and the rapid expansion of the cities also affects the Bottacin family, formed of Primo, Anna and Tiberio, in the province of Treviso.

The micro-stories of teenagers during puberty and adolescence are intertwined with the big stories of socio-economic change. It is the end of the 1970s, 1978 to be precise, and the rapid expansion of the cities also affects the Bottacin family, formed of Primo, Anna and Tiberio, in the province of Treviso. The latter is the youngest, deeply shaken by the changes taking place at this unique stage of his life. Le mie ragazze di carta, the title of the feature film out of competition for the Parental Experience section, is also a reference to the girls in the magazines. “The more I tried not to think about it, the more she called me. If one thinks a lot about one person, can this thought somehow reach the other, even if she is far away?” These are a few extracts, a few sentences from Tiberio. Then Don Marcello: ‘Look, look, look at those blinking eyes. I know what your problem is’. A boy discovers his sexuality through red-light films and magazines. The red-light films, which impact on his changing life after his move from a rural to a more urban and chaotic environment, are the consequence of the great social and economic transformations: even the cinemas, typical places of community enjoyment, had to retreat to alternative programming to avoid bankruptcy.

Tiberio falls head over heels for a porn star, his father Primo finds a girlfriend, his mother dreams of colour television. Their everyday life is intertwined with the troubles faced by the priest and the precariousness faced by the cinema owner.

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