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PG-13| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
Abandoned by his mother, 6-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) lives in an orphanage run by a greedy woman (Mariya Kuznetsova) and her cruel lover (Nikolai Reutov). Vanya decides to run away and find his mother after a wealthy Italian couple offer to buy him and after observing that the older children in the home survive by stealing or prostitution. He faces many dangers on his journey, including the pair at the orphanage who tried to sell him.

Cast: Kolya Spiridonov , Mariya Kuznetsova , Nikolai Reutov , Denis Moiseenko , Sasha Sirotkin , Andrei Yelizarov , Vladimir Shipov , Polina Vorobieva

Director: Andrei Kravchuk

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Italian (2005)

Release Date: January 19th, 2007|1 hr. 37 min.

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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film flirts frequently with sentimentality, falling for it heedlessly at a couple of crucial junctures. Still, the overall style is more astringent than moist, and the hero is a little toughie of endearing tenderness. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A powerful indictment of Russia's illegal adoption industry - and a story of pipsqueak resolve and resilience - The Italian is clear-eyed and tough in its depiction of a corrupt, atrophied social order. show more

  • April 19, 2010 Wadis Place
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    It is an outstanding movie. It rings the sad truth about European orphanages after WWII. A film worth seeing.

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