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Andrea Bocelli: Virginia Bocelli’s movie debut reviews hail ‘uplifting’ Cabrini film

Last month, Andrea Bocelli and his 11-year-old daughter Virginia Bocelli announced their duet Dare to Be, which features on the soundtrack of the new faith-based movie Cabrini.

The Italian maestro said at the time: “This song is taken from the motion picture Cabrini which tells the story of famed Roman Catholic missionary and future Saint Francesca Cabrini.”

Virginia makes her big screen debut in the film as a choir girl called Aria. 

Check out the clip below where she leads others in a rendition of Va, pensiero aka Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s opera Nabucco.

Released in cinemas today to coincide with International Women’s Day, Cabrini has 87 per cent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The critical consensus reads: “Aided by Cristiana Dell’Anna’s performance in the title role, Cabrini is an uplifting biopic with a timeless message”. 

Reviews are generally positive but there was a somewhat mixed reaction overall.

Wall Street Journal 
Its visual splendor is matched by the strong moral convictions and absence of cynicism that characterized many movies of the 1940s, when Catholic heroes were all over the screen.

Hollywood Reporter 
The film, which feels overlong at 145 minutes, suffers both from repetition and an over-reliance on melodramatic plot devices. But it nonetheless delivers a compelling portrait of a heroine whose story is too little-known.

Washington Post
The production values of “Cabrini” are solid, if obvious and uninspired.

For all that can be questioned about the makers’ intentions, the movie’s greatest sin is how lifelessly solemn and aesthetically dull it is.

Cabrini is out now in cinemas.


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