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Kidnapped

Dir: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi
134mins   2023   Italy | France | Germany   12A   Italian | Hebrew | Latin    Subtitled   

In 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope's soldiers burst into the home of the Mortara family. By order of the cardinal, they have come to take Edgardo, their seven-year-old son.

The child had been secretly baptized by his nurse as a baby and the papal law is unquestionable: he must receive a Catholic education. Edgardo's parents, distraught, will do anything to get their son back.

Supported by public opinion and the international Jewish community, the Mortaras' struggle quickly take a political dimension. But the Church and the Pope will not agree to return the child.

'It is a full-tilt melodrama with the passionate vehemence of Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens, which lays bare an ugly formative episode of Europe’s Catholic church: an affair of antisemitism and child abuse' - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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