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Vanya is a 6 year old orphan living in a rundown orphanage in a remote Russian village. For Vanya and the other children, life is without hope, unless, of course, they are adopted by wealthy foreigners. For Vanya, hope comes in the form of an Italian couple. But while arrangements are being made an incident occurs when the mother of another child appears, seeking her son. Vanya begins to wonder what would happen if his own mother reappeared, and he was living in Italy.With the assistance of older children, Vanya is able to access his records and find the possible whereabouts of his mother. He escapes and travels across the country, pursued by the adoption agents. Written by
Found this to be a film I would see over again. Only complaint was sub titles were incomplete so I had to guess about the dialog. The boy playing Vanya was so believable and everything he felt could be seen on his face. All of the actors were great. Would recommend this film highly. I found no political content. You would have to be looking for it to find anything like propaganda. Just a mesmerizing film. So sad were the scenes in the orphanage, although the affection between the children was so sweet. I thought Vanya's journey to find his mother was so fraught with peril it kept me worried about him. Made me wish I could understand Russian. The older children made it seem they did what they had to for survival. I liked how they helped Vanya as well as the people who helped him on his journey.
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