The Italian

Equal parts Oliver Twist and Pinocchio, Russian director Andrei Kravchuk's fictional hearttugger exposes a troubling real-life practice in contemporary Russia: the buying and selling of abandoned children to rich foreign couples. One of the many children who were either orphaned by tragedy or abandoned by circumstance, 6-year-old Vanya Solntsev (Kolya...read more

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01:39 — It's a pretty tall order to ask a six-year-old to suddenly take on responsibility for his own life. The questions facing Vanya are really tough: does (more…)

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  • Released: 2007
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Equal parts Oliver Twist and Pinocchio, Russian director Andrei Kravchuk's fictional hearttugger exposes a troubling real-life practice in contemporary Russia: the buying and selling of abandoned children to rich foreign couples. One of the many child… (more)

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