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Yara

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

True-crime thriller has violence, language.

Movie NR 2021 96 minutes
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Taught and with pace, this true-story crime thriller dramatizes the hunt for Yara Gambirasio's killer in a straightforward fashion. Most of Yara concerns itself with getting to the next piece of information or the next aspect of development, and this drive to complete its story can sometimes feel rushed. And while the film's acting is solid and scene composition pretty, sometimes it feels like there aren't actual people behind the characters. They each fulfill a role in the story, and only that, without having or showing any deeper histories, depth, or interesting relationships with other characters.

The film does try to establish some emotive parallel between Letizia and Yara's mother, as Letizia also has a young daughter to worry about, but these brief moments when Letizia worries over her daughter feel forced and detract from the drive of the movie's primary purpose: how did they finally find Yara's killer, and whether or not he ended up paying for his crime.

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