The Italian

The Italian
  • 2005
  • Russia
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andrei Kravchuk
  • Written by: Andrei Romanov
  • Cast: Kolya Spiridonov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Nikolai Reutov
  • Language: Russian

Sweet six-year-old Vanya (Spiridonov) lives in hope of being adopted from a rundown Russian orphanage until he sets out to find his real mother. Kravchuk's debut is the kind of kiddie road movie that young audiences deserve, one that mixes cruelty and benevolence in the same cup, and Aliakper Gassan-Zade's crystal minimal but multilayered sound design is simply stunning. Recommended.

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The Italian

14 Feb 20084 stars

DRAMA (12A) 99min It’s 2002 in a rundown orphanage in a remote, god forsaken corner of Russia. The boys live in hope of being picked out by one of few visiting couples keen on adoption. Sweet six-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) is one day lucky enough…

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