A young girl from Switzerland moves to Italy with her family and starts preparing for her Confirmation. She comes to realize the hypocrisy of her Sunday school teacher and priest and her own sense of morality starts to develop. A nice enough film with a great performance from young Yle Vianello in the lead role that kind of ambles along amiably.
I can honestly say that I don't think Scorsese made a better film, and that's mighty praise when the competition includes "Goodfellas" and "Raging Bull". This is among De Niro's most intensely committed performances, but the real revelation is 14 year old Jodie Foster tackling a complex, mature character in a way beyond the means of most actresses her age. And it has Albert Brooks ...
This is George Lucas' best film. I fully believe he feels this way himself since it's also the one film he hasn't felt the need to tamper with in any way. It's the film that demonstrates that he is capable of writing well-drawn characters and relating human stories in a manner that people can care about. This is clearly his most personal film, so perhaps that's why he can relate it to the audience in human terms. Additionally, it's quite an experimental film in it's own way. The soundtrack in particular is revolutionary for its time.