An abandoned Russian boy (Kolya Spiridonov) runs away to find his mother after an Italian couple offer to buy him from an orphanage.
" ... a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad. "
" A powerful indictment of Russia's illegal adoption industry -- and a story of pipsqueak resolve and resilience. "
" Andrei Kravchuk's film is sensitive to the hilt and pleasingly attuned to the guileless outlook of its hero. "
" Director Andrei Kravchuk and cinematographer Alexander Burov make the harsh landscapes and decrepit interiors interesting and varied, without falsely dramatic set ups or lighting. "
" Director Andrei Kravchuk infuses his story with a Dickensian mix of benevolence and indifference. The pacing is assured, and his cameras peek through the Russian mist as if watching a fairy tale, uncertain of a happy or cruel ending. "
" First-time feature director Andrei Kravchuk infuses the entire atmosphere with a formal neorealist haze that is squalid and striking. "
" Kravchuk, a veteran of Russian TV, means to show his countrymen how they have failed kids like Vanya. But also to convince them that Vanya and his friends can still be saved, without becoming Italians. "
" Milking sympathy for parentless children is no stretch in The Italian. More impressive is its affecting look at their reeling mother country. "
" The charm of The Italian lies in Kravchuk blending a sentimental fable and a boy's action-adventure saga. He surpasses cliches and still delivers a novel finale that's heartwarming. "
" The ending isn't exactly happily-ever-after, but it leaves you with a deep-down respect and affection for this determined little tyke who perseveres against all odds. "
" The Italian is tough to watch at times, but then so is life. Chances are you'll leave the theatre moved by the strength of the human spirit and with newfound respect for the bond between a child and his mother. "
" The overall mood is crushingly sad. The society's grime and poverty are depicted with pitiless realism. "
" This 2005 story about a Russian boy whose mother has given him up may be derivative, but it's still engrossing, largely because of its appealing juvenile lead, Kolya Spiridonov. "
" This film is about many things, but the magic key that unlocks the treasure chest is literacy. "
" Vanya's gritty travels propel the movie forward. The Italian runs on the unshakable faith of a very determined boy. "
" Wise, resilient children aren't especially new to the movies, but when they're presented this sensitively, they're always worth revisiting. "
" At times, the difficulties that Vanya encounters strain credulity. The Italian doesn't bother to infuse its characters with complex motivations. They're either Bad or Good. "
" The movie's sheen of desperation is ultimately like a shabby coat that, once a hint of sunshine shows up, is too easily discarded. "
" The story of Vanya (Solntsev Kolya Spiridonov) is less than convincing. "
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