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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.

Director:

Andrey Kravchuk

Writer:

Andrei Romanov

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Cast

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

In Russia, Every Orphan Longs for Adoption. Vanya Has Other Plans...To Find His Mother At All Costs See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | Italian | English

Release Date:

22 September 2005 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Italian See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,290, 21 January 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$552,546, 24 June 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Germany the film is only available in the original language (Russian) with German subtitles, although it has been given a German title ("Der Italiener") at the Berlin Film Festival (2005). On the the German DVD edition English subtitles can be found in addition. See more »

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Not Christmas, but another miracle
10 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It is not likely that I will find Andrei Kravchuk's first film, A Christmas Miracle< in my search for Christmas movies to get me in the spirit; but, his second film, and Russia's entry into the Oscar race is truly heartwarming and an outstanding sophomore venture for the new director.

Six-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) is being adopted from a Russian orphanage by an Italian couple. While waiting, he comes across a mother looking for her son, who has long since been adopted. He decides to find his own mother and sets out to make this happen, even though he has already be "sold." Of course, the people who sold him are trying to find him as he journeys to find his mother. Six years old and off on a journey well beyond his years. Like so many children in the world he has to grow up too fast - most because of war or tragedy like Darfur.

You will be torn by what the children at the orphanage do to survive, and you will be heartened by the strangers who help him along the way. Most of all, you will find that there are some great movies out there that do not depend on CGI or excessive violence to entertain. This is certainly one of them.


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