The story of Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, who in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son became part of a larger political battle that pitted the papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
It’s been presented as one of the movie of the year but despite the premises it doesn’t fly. The founding idea is good, it’s an historical movie about changes, political power and secularism. Cast is great but I couldn’t keep away from my nose the scent of Italian bad tv. Despite all to me these are not the major flaws, the main problem is I was not hooked by the subject and therefore this was not interesting to me. Probably 20 years ago this would have been way controversial showing a Pope in crisis of conscience during the making of the Republic of Italy and the atomization of Church. I need to add that it was quite inflated by media as well therefore my expectations were high. It’s still a well made movie just not for me. But you should give it a try especially if you are a parent.
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writers: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Edoardo Albinati
Stars: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi
Countries of origin: Italy, France, Germany
Languages: Italian, Hebrew, Latin
Also known as: Kidnapped
Filming locations: Roccabianca, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 2.04 GiB
Duration : 2 h 14 min
Overall bit rate : 2 185 kb/s
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