For most Russian orphans, the chance to be adopted is a dream come true. But six-year-old Vanya Solntsev has other hopes. After discovering his mother is still alive, the abandoned boy teaches himself to read so as to learn her address from khis personal file. Before a wealthy Italian couple can claim him for their own, Vanya sets off on a perilous journey to find his only remaining family. Pursued by orphanage staff and the police, the determined runaway must now face the most difficult challenges of his young life in this incredible story inspired by true events.
The film, “The Italian,” was not approved by Dove because of the language and sexuality throughout the film. This foreign film focuses on the plight of Vanya, a Russian orphan on the verge of being adopted when he decides he needs to find his birth mother. The cinematography and soundtrack add to the dismal yet hopeful landscape that Vanya traverses through in his quest. The young actor playing Vanya is incredibly cute and is touching and heart-wrenching at the same time. Throughout the film, there is strong language. There are also scenes with sexuality, including where a man puts his hand down a woman’s blouse. While there is violence throughout the film, it is not overt and only two scenes truly had blood. The film is a touching story of an orphan in search of his family but is not for the faint of heart. Due to the sexual scene and the continual violence and language, this film is not Dove approved.