7/10 (IMDB)

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

2h 14m Drama

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

From one of Italy's most revered directors, Marco Bellocchio, comes Kidnapped, the true story of Edgardo Mortara. Mortara was a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, when in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family by the Pope, to be raised Catholic.

His parents’ struggle to free their son became part of a larger political battle that pitted the papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.


Marco Bellocchio


Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi


Not Rated




Italy, France, Germany


Italian, Hebrew, Latin

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  • "Bellocchio shows us a brutal convulsion of tyranny, power and bigotry with echoes of the Dreyfus affair in France, and later, horrific events."
    - The Guardian
  • "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."
    - Empire
  • "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."
    - The Film Verdict
  • "KIDNAPPED hides a bleak and bracing message inside lovely old costumes and sumptuous set pieces ."
    - Screen Daily


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