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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara
Score: 10 / 10
Released: June 14, 2024
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Producer: Beppe Caschetto, Paolo Del Brocco, Simone Gattoni
Studio: Mongrel Media
Cast: Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Paolo Pierobon
Length: 134 minutes

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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara Synopsis

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 takes on a political dimension. But the Church and the Pope will not agree to return the child, to consolidate an increasingly wavering power.

In Italian with English subtitles.


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