CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 18:25 pm America/Denver (CNA).
According to L'Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, those who have criticized the controversial French movie "Cuties," released by Netflix last week "have not seen it or have really limited themselves to the poster. Otherwise they have not understood it or have looked at it with the wrong eyes."
A review of the film, entitled "The boycott: Cuties is a hard, but educational movie," and written by the newspaper's TV critic Andrea Fagioli, claims that the film "does not revolve around a 'scandalous sexualization of adolescents' nor does it obviously 'simulate pedophilia,' as some of the more than 600,000 signatories of a petition against (Netflix) have claimed."
In his review, Fagioli describes the story of Amy, the film’s main character, her struggles to integrate into Western culture and her eventual introduction to a provocative dance troupe, at age 11.
In Fagioli's words, "Amy will become the leader, pushing the group towards an ever more daring dance. And here lies the controversial point, because the director absolutely does not force her hand on the sensual aspect. On the contrary: she tries to highlight, albeit in a contradictory picture, their innocence."
"The problem, therefore, is not these kids who grow up too fast for certain things without having sufficient maturity or the necessary immune defenses. The problem is the world we have created around it," with absent parents and too much social media, he argues.