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The Italian is a Russian drama based on a true story that centers on 6-year-old Vanya Solntsev's determined search to find his birth mother. He lives in a squalid orphanage operated by an alcoholic, hoping against hope to be adopted. But when a wealthy couple from Italy shows up one day at the orphanage and expresses a desire to have him become their son, other jealous orphans start to tease Vanya by calling him The Italian. But Vanya has long dreamed of knowing the real mother who gave him up for adoption. He manages to steal his background file from the orphanage office, and sets off on a quest to discover the truth.

As he makes his way to the town where he was born, Vanya is pursued by the woman who arranged for the Italian couple to adopt him, along with her henchman and driver named Grisha. With this pair hot on his trail, Vanya manages to elude them long enough to find out his birth mother's address. But Vanya's long hoped for reunion with his mother is threatened when Grisha finally catches up with the boy.

| 2005 | 1 hr 38 min | 7.5/10 | 74/100
Nikolay Spiridonov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Nikolay Reutov, Yuriy Itskov
Andrei Kravchuk
Produced By
Andrei Zertsalov

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