In this emotional coming-of-age story, Niki and her sister Alice lose their mother in a car accident. Faced with separate foster care situations that will put them in different countries, the girls run away pursued by a caring social worker named Cecilia. Niki adopts the name Maya as the two siblings encounter a colourful cross-section of Roman citizens, including a handsome fire-eater named Marc and a dissolute tattoo artist who gives Maya a Mohawk. Through this name change, Niki/Maya is hoping to shed her skin and circumstances, but the film delicately presents how this young woman can bring her two distinct identities into a harmonious whole. Director Tommaso Agnese, who has made several documentaries,draws a vibrant portrait of urban street life and adolescent angst brought to life with memorable performances and characters. Matilda Lutz brings a memorable volatility to the lead role while Valeria Solarino (so memorable in Sea Purple) gives Cecilia an anxious solicitude that conveys her feelings over the two girls’ situation.
The movie will be screened at the Pune International Film Festival, at the Yashwant International Film Festival in Mumbai and at the Aurangabad Film Festival.
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