|A young Rita rides with her beloved father Don Michele.|
Today I made an appointment with Netflix and "The Sicillian Girl." The original title of the movie is La Siciliana Ribelle which translates to The Sicilian Rebel. I prefer the original title. I think it's a better fit for the film than the American title. But hey what do I know?
The movie is based on a true story of Rita Atria who took on the mafia. It covers the lengths she went to in order to find justice. In a society or lifestyle which does not believe in legal forms of justice. She went against the omertà of the mafia by utilizing the police to help her get justice.
|The body of Nino|
We fast forward to a procession during a feast; we first see his power as their family walks through the village. Don Michele meets up with Don Salvo Simi. You get the feeling they respect each other. They are equally cautious with one another. Shortly after, we see the man Bellafiore who committed the murder. He has the murder victim's daughter with him. Salvo requests to have a talk alone with Bellafiore. He doesn't understand why Michele is upset over the murder of a peasant. He brags how the victim's daughter is a virgin. He even offers her to Don Michele to enjoy. He also shares with Don Michele that the wind is changing. He suggests he sell his land in order to fund a drug business.
We see Bellafiore in the mist of raping the young woman. The next thing we see is the Don with his men taking care of Bellafiore. The police investigate the murder of Bellafiore. They ask questions. The Chief Prosecutor Borsellino laments, "...you keep living behind the guise of justice and protection from the Mafia. You will never have any justice."
I know some of you may be planning on watching this movie on Netflix. So not wanting to spoil The Sicillian Girl, I suggest you stop reading now.
From this point forward, we see Rita who in the protection of the state. Rita becomes Silvia Bonura the daughter of shopkeepers. The Chief Prosecutor is trying to build a case against the Mafia. He utilizes the jounals that the Rita kept for many years as the basis for his case. Rita for once seems happy but she is alone. She had to leave Vito her first love behind. She left her mother who did not seem to want her anyway. As we progress towards the trial Rita finds another friend Lorenzo who likes her in Rome. She seems happy for a moment. She seems to be living life. However, in the bliss of a blossoming romance, she withdraws. One doesn't know if it's because of her feelings toward Vito or the knowledge she will not live long.
|Rita returns to court with the gun of Don Michele and her brother Carmelo.|
In court the defense has made it seem as if Rita is delusional and ratting out her father. She returns to court to add to her testimony. Rita owns the truth; her father and brother were killers. They were no better than the filth now on trial. Afterwards, Rita meets with the Chief Prosecutor; they embrace. She knows that they will get a conviction now. As they depart for the night, you get the feeling someone is going to die. As the Chief Prosecutor leaves the courthouse, we hear a large explosion. He is killed. Rita has no one left. Her mother has turned her back completely. She, by tradition, is a victim of the Mafia lifestyle and ways.
|Rita Atria, a young women who laid down her life for justice.|