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The director Kate Woods of Looking For Alibrandi 2000 reflects Josephine Alibrandis two different attitudes to Italian culture through showing her behaviour to the tomato day festivals Her response to the festivals is presented both in the opening and conclusion of the film Her contrasting attitude is shown through her dialogue actions positioning of herself with the other characters and the camera shots used The film begins with the Tomato Day scene where her family and relatives come together for a celebration It symbolises the closeness and warmth of the Italian culture Josie complains about her life to the audience She says I find this embarrassing its like they never left little Sicily Her feelings of shame and discomfit are captured as she continues to tell the audience about her life She also mentions Were cursed In the end also set in another tomato day Josies completely different attitude is captured She is no longer ashamed of her Italian background but instead is proud She tells the audience Were not cursed were blessed showing her acceptance to her culture and her optimism Josies actions also tell us a lot about her attitude In the beginning Josie feels very dispassionate about the Tomato Day celebration and while the traditional Italian music is playing she changes it into modern-day pop music When told by her grandmother to change the music back she expresses her irritable emotion and sullenly puts changes the music back In the end Josie self willingly goes and puts on the traditional Italian music and smiles Her enthusiasm is also showed as she joins all her family and relatives and starts dancing Josies eagerness to leave the celebration is also shown clearly in the opening scene She tells the audience Ive got to get out of here After a little while at the Tomato Day festival she takes off her apron and heads out to the car with her friends waiting there
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