Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara


  • Release Date: June 7, 2024 (limited)
  • Genre: Drama

  • Director: Marco Bellocchio
  • Producer(s): Beppe Caschetto, Simone Gattoni, Paolo Del Brocco
  • Writer(s): Marco Bellochio, Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Length: 2h 14m | Classification: G
  • Le Score Rotten Tomatoes®
    Tomatometer 86% Audience Score 75%

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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 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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