Marco Bellocchio’s Kidnapped – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7
If we don’t count the pandemic year, it will be four consecutive showings in Cannes for the maestro. The Traitor was in competition in 2019, docu item Il Traditore was a Cannes Premiere selection in 2021 and last year we got Esterno Notte – also a Cannes Premiere. This year Marco Bellocchio unveils classic moviemaking with Kidnapped (aka Rapito). This is the Italian filmmaker’s seventh trip (attempt) at the Palme d’Or after A Leap in the Dark (1980), Henry IV (1984), The Prince of Homburg (1997), The Nanny (1999), My Mother’s Smile (2002) and 2009’s Vincere.
The story of Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, who in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. 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.
Current temp: With seventeen of our twenty jury folks having graded the film, we’ve got your standard well-liked entry and average score of 3.1.
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