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The Stolen Children (1992)

Il ladro di bambini (original title)
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

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Antonio
Valentina Scalici ...
Rosetta
Giuseppe Ieracitano ...
Luciano
Florence Darel ...
Martine
Marina Golovine ...
Nathalie
Renato Carpentieri ...
Maresciallo
Vitalba Andrea ...
Sorella di Antonio
Fabio Alessandrini ...
Grignani
Vincenzo Peluso ...
Carabiniere napoletano
Massimo De Lorenzo ...
Papaleo
Celeste Brancato ...
Signora Papaleo
Santo Santonocito ...
Carabiniere siciliano
Lello Serao ...
Cliente casa Rosetta
Agostino Zumbo ...
Sacerdote istituto
Maria Pia Di Giovanni ...
Madre Rosetta
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Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the relation between Antonio and the children is tough, but it relaxes so they become temporary friends. Written by Anonymous

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O Ladrão de Crianças  »

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$931,280 (USA)
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Director Gianni Amelio was inspired to write this film after reading an article in a newspaper. See more »

Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Need Love
Written by G.N.R. Nicolosi, D. Carofiglio, T. Carrasco
Performed by Novecento
Courtesy of Warner Chappell - Lombardoni
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Il ladro di bambini (aka Stolen Children) is the best film I have ever seen!
12 August 2002 | by (Washington,DC) – See all my reviews

The child actors are supreme and the plot development feels real from beginning to end.

There are very few films that can make us confront a difficult issue without resorting to maudlin tears or some other form of emotional manipulation. This is one of them -- no Hollywood treatment here.

And I like the fact that the trip is a journey -- both physically and spiritually. It starts in the north of Italy and leads us progressively towards its southern extremity in Sicily. As the children migrate to the South, our hopes and hearts warm as we come to expect a new emotional climate for them. As with any film intending to make a serious comment on the devestating nature of child abuse, something intervenes to prove to us that our hopes are premature.... This film betrays no compromise in its portrayal of innocence lost and regained and lost once again. The scene at the end with the girl comforting her brother is one of the most poignant I know in film.

I would put this film at the top of a narrow list of films addressing childhood trauma (including "Salaam Bombay!" and "Alice in the Cities"). But the perfection of the child actors, the tremendous care of the storytelling (director Gianni Amelio co-authored the screenplay), and the generous, ambulant scenery make this film a standout that has seldom been rivaled.


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