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22 September 2005 (Russia) See more »
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Tagline:
In Russia, Every Orphan Longs for Adoption. Vanya Has Other Plans...To Find His Mother At All Costs See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Almost, but not quite, a tearjerker. See more (27 total) »

Cast

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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
Elena Malinovskaya
Andrey Dezhonov
Vladimir Kosmidaylo
Anatoliy Agroskin
Vladimir Kuteynikov
Sergey Zhukovich
Dmitriy Konokotov
Diana Shishlyaeva
Olga Lysenkova
Vladimir Ryazantsev
Aleksey Koshevoy

Directed by
Andrey Kravchuk 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrei Romanov 

Produced by
Olga Agrafenina .... executive producer
Andrei Zertsalov .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aleksandr Knaifel  (as Alexander Kneiffel)
 
Cinematography by
Aleksandr Burov (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tamara Lipartiya 
 
Production Design by
Vladimir Svetozarov 
 
Costume Design by
Natalia Brabanova 
Marina Nikolayeva 
 
Makeup Department
Olga Grebeniuk .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tatyana Nikolaeva .... production manager
 
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Andrei Rudiev .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Aliakper Gasan-Zade .... sound (as Aliakper Gassan Zade)
 

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Also Known As:
"Italyanets" - Russia (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues
Runtime:
90 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Germany:99 min (PAL DVD)
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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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Almost, but not quite, a tearjerker., 21 September 2007
Author: emuir-1 from United States

This film is saved from being a sentimental tearjerker by the performances of the wonderful cast. Set in a children's home in northern Russia, just as the long winter gives way to a miserable wet spring, the story is an absorbing tale about a little boy who tries to find the mother who abandoned him as a baby. While almost Dickensian, the home is run by kindly people doing the best with what they have, which is nothing. Mostly losers, conscious of the fact that they never reached their full potential, or even half their full potential, they try to cope with the collapse of order in modern Russia.

The children are mainly left to their own devices, especially the older ones who resort to petty crime and prostitution to survive. Little Vanya should be able to read, but no one seems to be teaching the children, they just exist.

Other than the standout performance of Lolya Spiridov, in the lead, the ones who caught my eye were the home's director, who looked as if he had been born a dissipated alcoholic, and the assertive baby broker known as "Madame" who would be right at home selling condos in Florida, the sweet faced red-haired Irka, who sells her body to truckers, and the tragic mother who tries to late to find her child. She marched around in furs with wads of bribery cash, reminding people that she could be very generous in return for information.

At first I could not understand why Russia would allow a film showing a dark underside to be made, then I realized that it was an indictment of the women who "lose" their children at railway stations and otherwise neglect to raise their children, and the practice of foreign adoptions for money.

Definitely a film to see.

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