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The Italian (2005)

Italyanets (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 22 September 2005 (Russia)
Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolay Spiridonov ...
Vanya Solntsev (as Kolya Spiridonov)
Mariya Kuznetsova ...
Madam
Nikolay Reutov ...
Grisha
Yuriy Itskov ...
Direktor
Denis Moiseenko ...
Kolyan
Andrey Elizarov ...
Seryy
Aleksandr Sirotkin ...
Timokha (as Sasha Sirotkin)
Vladimir Shipov ...
Vovan
Polina Vorobeva ...
Natakha
Olga Shuvalova ...
Irka
Dmitriy Zemlyanko ...
Anton (as Dima Zemlyanko)
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Mama Mukhina (as Darya Lesnikova)
Rudolf Kuld ...
Storozh
Tatyana Zakharova
Irina Osnovina ...
Sosedka
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Storyline

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 johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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Based on the true story of a young Russian orphan who sets out to find his mother. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,290 (USA) (21 January 2007)

Gross:

$552,546 (USA) (24 June 2007)
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Russia's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

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A truly beautiful film
26 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

A truly beautiful, heart wrenching film 'The Italian' moved me so very much. Surely a filmmaker sets out to touch his audience and make them feel the pain of his or her characters and certainly we are drawn straight into the little heart of the young, innocent and passionate Vanya. I can not imagine a soul in the audience that would not want to instantly wrap Vanya in their arms to protect him and then take him home with them! The Italian is shot against a harsh cold Russian landscape and yet there is a certain love between the orphans at the orphanage,who only have each other to love and protect them and keep them on the right track. Certainly Italy is seen as the land of warmth, love and opportunity in comparison. But the real warmth and love in this film resonates from this wonderful little actor behind Vanya. He could not be much older than the 6yr old he plays and yet he was able to convey more emotion, devastation and warmth than many of the adult actors i have watched of late. Highly recommended!!!


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