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Is blood always thicker than water?,
This review is from: The Italian  [DVD] (DVD)
If you have only ever known life in an orphanage, how do you choose between foster parents who want to give you a new life and your birth mother who has already rejected you once - and who - if even still alive and traceable - may do it again?
A six-year-old boy follows his heart against the backdrop of the wretchedness, the casual brutality, and the occasional kindness of subsistence-level suburban life in modern Russia.
Beautifully shot and with a delicate soundtrack, this film balances an atmospheric presentation with the harsh reality of the lives it portrays. A colour film that feels as if it were shot in black-and-white.
There are a couple of shocking moments that catch the viewer totally unprepared - to great effect. The fast-paced dialogue almost certainly loses a lot of its subtlety in the subtitles. The double happy ending is understated - and disclosed entirely by voice - so you may need a second run if your attention is divided between the visuals and the sub-titling!