Looking for Alibrandi Essay

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Essay: The film ‘Looking for Alibrandi' traces Josephine's Higher School Certificate year. Select four people and/or events from Josephine's final year and discuss how these people or events changed Josephine's perspective.

Melina Marchetta's "looking for Alibrandi" is a story which resembles change internally and externally. In her final school year, Josephine Alibrandi is confused and angry. She is continuously confronted by issues that question who she is as her true sense of identity is clouded. In the beginning, Josie's attitude to the world is negative as she feels burdened by her Italian ancestry, her social status and the fact that she is illegitimate. She sees these factors as great obstacles in her life that make her an
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"I'm cursed, so is my mamma and my Nona. Well... That is Nona's theory anyway". This is said in the beginning on the voice over, to directly communicate and engage the audience and express Nona's initial views. Josie's difficult relationship with Nona is clearly shown in many scenes such as the scene at Nona's house, where they are fighting and Josie is very rude and disrespectful to Nona. As they argue about ‘who Josie belongs to', Nona blames Josie's mother by saying "You are cursed this way because of Christina" "All the curses come from the mother", in her reply Josie offends Nona by saying "So that's why mamma's life turned out that way, because of her mother!". This latter statement is deliberately said in Italian to add strength and emphasize the message it sends across.

Josie and Nona fight a lot because they both strive to prove their reasons which neither of them truly understand themselves. Nona asks for respect and conformity from Josie and Josie is in the search for reasons to Nona's actions. Josephine's tone of speech is ironical and mocking. She continuously confronts without showing any curtsey. The camera adds to the effectiveness of the one on one scene of Nona and Josie by editing, cutting from the close-up of their faces, focusing on their expression. Music is also used to add an effect on their scenes by setting the atmosphere and the mood or by creating suspense. Josie's relationship with Nona improves as Nona's

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