The Italian

The Italian
The Italian
  • PG-13
  • 1h 39m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh91%
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Vanya is a six-year-old boy who is about to be adopted by a loving Italian couple, but this is a crucial moment in his life, and there are choices to be made. Will Vanya be content to simply spend his days basking in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, or will his desire to know his true mother slowly eat away at him from the inside for the rest of his life? Though he eventually decides that in order to move on with his life he must first seek out his birth mother, Vanya must learn to read the file containing the information he will need to locate her. As Vanya sets out on the ultimate journey of self discovery, he is about to find out that the world of children is a universe unto itself, a universe where the longings of the heart often overpower the ability to reason.
© 2005 2007 Lenfilm Studio. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Poignant and unforgettable, The Italian stands out from other European melodramas. Like its extraordinary child lead, this Russian drama about an orphan's search for his birth mother is small in size and monumental in pathos.
Stella Papamichael

Even when Kravchuck lets the story drift, the boy is a solid anchor.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
David Jenkins

Andrei Kravchuk's film is sensitive to the hilt and pleasingly attuned to the guileless outlook of...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Andrea Gronvall

This 2005 story about a Russian boy whose mother has given him up may be derivative, but it's stil...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Jonathan F. Richards

This film is about many things, but the magic key that unlocks the treasure chest is literacy.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:September 22, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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