Kerrie Mitchell
May 18, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Italian

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/19/07
performer
Kolya Spiridonov, Maria Kuznetsova
director
Andrei Kravchuk
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Andrei Romanov
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an B

Marooned in the Dickensian squalor of a Russian orphanage, 6-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) gets hope for a new life when an Italian couple contracts to adopt him. Vanya, however, has other plans, scheming his way free to find the mother who abandoned him. Andrei Kravchuk’s drama seems frontloaded with clich-a e]s (the plucky foundling, the hooker with a heart of you-know-what), but The Italian avoids total pathos with brisk storytelling and moving performances, especially from the self-possessed Spiridonov. EXTRAS None. B

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