Stolen Children (1992)
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A self-described son of neorealism, director Gianni Amelio utilized non-professional actors, authentic locations, and unadorned filmmaking techniques to create this honest, uncompromising look at modern Italy and its faltering human relations. Il Ladro di Bambini (The Stolen Children) begins in Milan, where Sicilian siblings Rosetta (Valentina Scalici), 11, and Luciano (Giuseppe Ieracitano), nine, live with their destitute mother. The woman regularly prostitutes Rosetta and is arrested; her children are immediately made wards of the court. Carabiniere Antonio Criaco (Enrico Lo Verso) is assigned to escort them to a foster home in a mission that appears to be simple. Yet, years of abuse forbid the siblings to trust, obey, or even like Antonio. Rosetta is hostile and demanding; Luciano is sullen and remote. When the Catholic foster home will not accept the children on the grounds of Rosetta's past, Antonio independently decides to bring them south to a home in Sicily. The three begin on a road trip during which their relationship grows and Antonio -- the epitome of hope and grace -- attempts to give the children a normal, loving experience by temporarily stealing them from their uncertain future. … More
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Critic Reviews for Stolen Children
Here is a movie with the spontaneity of life; watching it is like living it.
Audience Reviews for Stolen Children
Ill Ladro di bambini was a heartbreaking and a uplifting movie. The story of a relationship between a young Carabiniere Antonio and 2 children he was escorting to a Children Home.These children were a 11 yrs old girl and her little traumatic brother who were left without parents, because the girl was prostituting by her own mother for two years, so she got busted and send to jail. The title may be confusing,you might think that the Carabiniere stole the children, but the children were stolen from their childhood long time before. All they got was each other,and what this story was all about was the sacrifice Antonio did for this children, even he was not prepared but he offered them love, trust and friendship. Beautiful movie. So real.
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