The Italian
The Italian (2007)

An abandoned Russian child forsakes a life of luxury in the name of finding his true mother in director Andrei Kravchuk's affecting drama. Vanya is a six-year-old boy who is about to be adopted by a loving Italian couple, but this is a… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 19, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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

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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

At times, the difficulties that Vanya encounters strain credulity. The Italian doesn't bother to infuse its characters with complex motivations. They're either Bad or Good.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

With a tensed brow, Kolya Spiridonov plays a boy perpetually hovering between anxiety and dogged determination, and the film walks the same line, unsure about where it's going but always moving forward regardless.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

This 2005 story about a Russian boy whose mother has given him up may be derivative, but it's still engrossing, largely because of its appealing juvenile lead, Kolya Spiridonov.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The ending isn't exactly happily-ever-after, but it leaves you with a deep-down respect and affection for this determined little tyke who perseveres against all odds.

Tom Dawson
Total Film

Vividly characterised and convincingly acted (not least by Spiridonov), it makes for a fascinating portrait of a post-Communist society beset by crime and despair.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Wise, resilient children aren't especially new to the movies, but when they're presented this sensitively, they're always worth revisiting.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

A stunningly powerful indictment of the weakest in thrall to a corrupt system.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Wonderful movie. The little boy in this film is really adorable, and an extremely convincing actor. The story is not melodramatic, or deliberately tear jerking,… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a Great Movie, its in the Russian Language with English Subtitles. Its about a boy who is ready to be take'n in by foster parents in Italy, right… More
Robert C
A very touching story about the struggles of a six year old Russian orphan, who (after landing the ultimate placement for a Russian orphan - a nice couple from… More
Curtis Lilly
Decent, mostly because it has Russians in it. Rabbit proof fence does this story better.
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
This movie completely engrossed me, I haven't seen anything this emotionally rivetting in a really long time. It's one of those films that if it can… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Italian" takes place in Russia where Vanya(Kolya Spiridonov) is a six-year old orphan who is in the process of being adopted… More