Originally titled La Corsa Dell'Innocente, this Italian drama focuses on that country's ongoing wave of kidnappings. The early scenes focus on a large, outwardly normal Italian family who happen to make their living by abducting wealthy children and holding them for ransom. When the family is wiped out by a rival gang, only 10-year-old Vito (Manuel Coalo) survives. Any other child would go to the police at this point, but Vito has been raised never to trust the police -- or anyone else, for that matter. There is an abundance of dramatic irony in store for the audience when the fleeing Vito is sheltered by the affluent Rienzi family, whose own child has recently been kidnapped. It soon becomes clear that Vito is simply not cut from his family's criminal cloth, and the decisions he makes show a clear sense of ethics and a determination to set right the vicious actions of his family. This marvelously multitextured film represented the directorial debut of Carlo Carlei. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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This film was excellent, a little heavy but true to life of Italy in the 80s as my Italian husband recalls. Kidnappings were rampant and was a ruthless part of life. A must-see with good acting and some great camara angles. The English translation isn't as accurate as if understanding the Italian or the occasional Italian dialects - but seems customary with subtitles. But you won't know what's going to happen in the next scene!
I am a sucker for foreign films. I often times find myself renting them with no expectatitions. I see a film with a story line that sounds interesting but many times they simply do not deliver. This one not only sounded interesting but it delivered. At times it is brutal as there is much blood and violence. The idea of a child kidnapped or murdered makes my blood run cold and my heart break. But I was able to get past all that and in the end I found myself saying to myself "wow, that was a great film." Give this one a look if it sounds interesting to you. I don't think you will be disappointed. That young man in the lead role's performance alone will be enough to make you like it.