Claudio Giovannesi’s story of “Daphne goes to Juvie features a teenager named Daphne who is pretty much alone in the world and getting by stealing cellphones by robbing people at knifepoint. It was only a matter of time before she’s caught and sent to a juvenile detention center.
Daphne (Daphne Scoccia) is an adolescent combination of rage, depression, and childlike girliness, chain smoking, getting into tussles with the other girls, and mooning over a guy in the boy’s section. What she is longing for in her life is unclear, probably because she’s not used to getting anything of value or having anything go her way.
As teenagers Cate and Ferro (Blu Yoshimi Di Martino and Luigi Fedele) maneuver through nine months of teenage pregnancy, they settle unrealistically into their situation, they set off an explosion that cause never-ending shock waves for Ferro’s long-suffering parents. Ferro hasn’t been the easiest child, and this is just one more thing for them to have to deal with; they don’t even seem that surprised (exept when wondering how their son got a nice girl like Cate).
La Ragazza Del Mondo (Wordly Girl)
Falling in love is tricky enough, but even more so if the parents don’t approve, and these religious parents don’t want their daughter falling for someone outside the faith. In fact, this young woman (Sara Serraiocco) is shunned by her community and her family when she insists on following her heart.
Eighteen-year-old conjoined twins Dasy and Viola (twins Angela and Marianna Fontana) have been supporting their family ever since Papà figured out they could sing, and he and Mamma couldn’t have been wasting the girls’ hard-earned money any more efficiently if that’s what they’d set out to do. The beautiful girls have singing voices to match, and can earn as much as 80,000€ a year performing at weddings and first holy communions; the fact that they are part pop stars and part side-show geeks make them all the more marketable.
Can they separate from their family, and from each other?
Director Lamberto Sanfelice’s film stars Sara Seraiocco as 17-year-old Jenny, a normal teenager from Ostia who loves her friends and her synchronized swimming team, but when her mother dies, and her world falls apart. The death of a parent would have been traumatizing enough, but for Jenny, the tragedies pile up when her father suffers a mental collapse and stops caring for his daughter and 8-year-old son.
When the bank forecloses on their house in Ostia and her father still isn’t snapping out of it, Uncle Tondino tells them to return to the family’s hometown in the mountains of Abruzzo. He gives them a run down cabin to live in, but that’s about the extent of his charity; he leaves Jenny and her brother Fabrizio to figure the rest out.