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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

A Jewish boy is kidnapped and converted to Catholicism in 1858. (NR, 134 min.)


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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, to consolidate an increasingly wavering power. [Cohen Media Group]

Starring: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Language: Italian, Hebrew
Genre(s): Drama, History

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"Kidnapped is as brilliant and revealing as it is masterfully told."

— Dwight Brown,

"The story is kept at a stress-inducing simmer, with occasional surges of operatic emotion."

— Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine

"[Edgardo Mortara's] tortuous journey gets the respect it deserves in this sensitive and beautifully realized drama."

— Kyle Smith, Wall Street Journal

"With stately restraint, Bellocchio manages to put the audience in an ever-tightening chokehold of tension and outrage."

— Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)

"The performances, meanwhile, are exemplary, the screenplay powerful, and each scene is lit like high-era Caravaggio."

— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

"Kidnapped is an expertly paced, gorgeously shot and evocative true story of faith, family, and the power of people coming together to right deeply ingrained wrongs."

— Barry Levitt, Empire Magazine

"A moving story of faith, loss and family set against the backdrop of a significant moment in Italian history, Kidnapped brings Edgardo Mortara’s unforgettable story to life."

— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas,

"The director, Marco Bellocchio, anchors the period with a somber visual elegance and employs surreal gestures to tease out the psychological and spiritual aspects of the tragedy."

— Lisa Kennedy, New York Times

"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

"Mr. Bellocchio, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Susanna Nicchiarelli, has crafted a weighty, suspenseful family drama that touches on the eternal conflicts of religion but widens into a consideration of law, personal development and power politics."

— Kyle Smith, Wall Street Journal

"Kidnapped (Rapito) is one of Marco Bellocchio’s most successful films, both as a taut thriller that will capture audiences with his terribly human drama, and as a masterful reflection on the themes that the Italian director has worried and revisited over a lifetime of filmmaking: the Catholic church as an anti-liberal indoctrinating machine that steals children’s souls, the frailty of personal identity, and the struggle for liberation on an individual and societal level."

— Deborah Young, The Film Verdict