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“The Tearsmith” Movie: Exploring the Intriguing Evolution from Book to Screen

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Released on Netflix on 4 April 2024, the Italian teen romance movie “The Tearsmith” has immediately achieved global reach, countless impressions on social media, and the first no. 1 on Netflix global non-English film chart.

Set in the U.S, the movie was shot on a $6.9 million budget, and it shows the story of two different orphans, Nica and Rigel, who are from the Sunnyside Orphanage and end up belonging to the same family. The strong bond between the two guys has consistently encouraged the audience to keep watching the movie, reflecting the difficulties and the emotions that love usually evokes. 

According to the newspaper “Variety,” one of the producers, Straffi, highlighted his satisfaction when stating: “I would like to thank the leaders of Netflix who once again believed in a story, spawned by Italian creativity, that is able to really cater to international audiences.” 

The story, however, had already proved to be successful with the book of the same name upon which the film is based. Still, are there any differences between the two adaptations?

Both the movie and the book have the same plot, yet there are some differences that distinguish the two versions. 

In the movie, the abusive matron Margaret is still at the orphanage 

Both Nica and Rigel have a hard time with the matron from their childhood, Margaret Stocker. While in the movie adaptation, she remains the matron when Nica and Rigel are adopted, in the book adaptation, Margaret is replaced by Mrs. Fridge when Nica is 12.

The relationship between Nica and Rigel is developed more quickly in the movie 

In the book, there are more interactions and  dynamics between the two guys which inevitably take the story longer. For example, the scene showing Nica taking care of Rigel as he passed out is also the first physical interaction between the two in the movie, differently from the book, where at that moment, Nica starts getting aware of Rigel’s hidden vulnerability. 

A different ending in the book

The plot still ends with Nica and Rigel finally getting justice, brave enough to leave the tormented memories at the orphanage back  in the past. However, in the book, Nica sits near Rigel for months, telling him stories and trying to rouse him.

Written by Valentina Pia Morgillo


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