Tribeca 2021 Review: Adam Leon’s ‘Italian Studies’

Cities are ironically effective in allowing a person to lose themselves. Being constantly surrounded by other people creates a natural anonymity, and that in turn can lead to a dissolution of self -- if you can be anybody, perhaps you are somebody else. Most adults moving around a city have a purpose if not a distinct identity, each of them having a task to complete, a job to go to, and so on. Teenagers, however, can use the streets and public spaces as their own more mature playground, fully utilizing the freedom of a city. In Italian Studies, that freedom proves especially seductive to Alina Reynolds (Vanessa Kirby), a woman who slips into a new identity, or rather slips out of her own into an anonymous void of a character, “Alina,
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