From the margins: Alice Rohrwacher’s liminal adolescents

Angeli, S. 2020. From the margins: Alice Rohrwacher’s liminal adolescents. Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies. 8 (3), pp. 339-356. https://doi.org/10.1386/jicms_00026_1

TitleFrom the margins: Alice Rohrwacher’s liminal adolescents
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAngeli, S.
Abstract

To date, adolescents have occupied prominent positions in all three of Alice Rohrwacher’s feature films ‐ from her debut Corpo celeste(Heavenly Bodies) (2011a), to the critically acclaimed Le meraviglie(The Wonders) (2014) and, finally, to her latest work Lazzaro felice(Happy as Lazzaro) (2018). Being neither children nor adults, teenagers inhabit a biologically and ideologically ambiguous position within society, a precarious collocation that has often been referred to as ‘liminal’. In her films,
Rohrwacher enhances her characters’ inherent liminality by (dis-)placing them, both physically and metaphorically, at the margins of society. However, it is their spatial and social exclusion and their position of subordination to power that allows them to identify alternative behaviours
that oppose the dominant ideology within their social environments. Making use of the notions of marginality and liminality, this article explores the implications of the director’s employment of adolescent characters to critique Italian mainstream society.

JournalJournal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
Journal citation8 (3), pp. 339-356
ISSN2047-7368
Year2020
PublisherIntellect
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/jicms_00026_1
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jicms_00026_1
Publication dates
Published in print01 Jun 2020

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