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      The Stolen Children

      1992 1h 54m Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 86% Audience Score 500+ Ratings While escorting two children from Milan to an orphanage in Sicily, a young police officer named Antonio (Enrico Lo Verso) slowly befriends the siblings. Without a parental figure after the arrest of their mother, young Rosetta (Valentina Scalici) and her brother, Luciano (Giuseppe Ieracitano), are bitter about their situation, but Antonio gradually wins them over, and a surprisingly moving connection forms between the cop and his youthful companions. Read More Read Less

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      Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle The two child actors are wonderful, but Amelio is so absorbed with formal composition and slow, self-conscious pacing that his film feels drained. Rated: 2/4 Jan 11, 2023 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Nov 13, 2001 Full Review Carlo Cavagna AboutFilm.com A sublime movie in the neorealist tradition, in which man helps two damaged children discover, for a few days, the childhood that has been denied them. Rated: A+ Sep 8, 2004 Full Review TV Guide Rated: 4/5 Jul 30, 2003 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 13, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member In Stolen Children, Antonio experiences a remarkable transformation as he travels south with the children. Through this adventure, he gains perspective from the people on the other side of the law. Before that adventure, though, Antonio was functioning based on the ideologies of his superiors. As an enforcer, he was instructed to follow the conduct of the carabiniere without questioning the implications of his actions; clearly, he works within an organization that values discipline. After his travels, however, he discovers a new outlook, enabling him to see through a clearer lens. He comes to a realization that the carabiniere, whose mission is to protect and serve, may not always have the people's best interests in mind. By the end of the film, he successfully reaches a higher level of moral development, a transformation ultimately catalyzed by the children. His relationship with the children catapults him from law-and-order-based morality to principled conscience where he can make a distinction between an individual's needs and society's needs. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A brilliant touching film in the Italian tradition. Quiet, stately, powerful with great understated acting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 4 stars. 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member muy buena historia, bien tierna Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Kelpo elokuva, mutta ei lähelläkään tajunnanräjäyttäjäainesta. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis While escorting two children from Milan to an orphanage in Sicily, a young police officer named Antonio (Enrico Lo Verso) slowly befriends the siblings. Without a parental figure after the arrest of their mother, young Rosetta (Valentina Scalici) and her brother, Luciano (Giuseppe Ieracitano), are bitter about their situation, but Antonio gradually wins them over, and a surprisingly moving connection forms between the cop and his youthful companions.
      Director
      Gianni Amelio
      Producer
      Angelo Rizzoli
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 8, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 54m
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