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The Italian (2005)
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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)
Darya Yugrens ...
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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22 September 2005 (Russia)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,290 (USA) (19 January 2007)

Gross:

$552,546 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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young orphan faces life's difficulties and challenges to find who he really is.
28 January 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

this was one of the best movies i have seen in a long time. not only was kolya spiridov magnificent, every actor young and old were intense. the lyricism of this movie is simply magnificent. i felt the cold, the dampness, the starkness and disagreeing completely with someone else's comment on this movie, i found the score perfect. economical, to the point, letting us feel the story without suggesting it for us as Hollywood tends to do. also... directed superbly where the main character doesn't get cheap emotions out of us by making us 'cry' by crying. we suffer his plight a great deal more as he goes through the film just as is. superb, intricate, inspired. this film deserves great recognition and all the accolades a great movie should ever get. i recommend it greatly.


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