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Un bambino di nome Gesù (1987)

The film attempts to fill in the "missing years" of Jesus, from ages 3 through 12. When King Herod orders that all Hebrew male children under the age of three be slain, Joseph moves his ... See full summary »

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Franco Rossi

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Vittorio Bonicelli (screenplay), Vittorio Bonicelli (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matteo Bellina Matteo Bellina ... Jesus
Bekim Fehmiu ... Joseph
María del Carmen San Martín María del Carmen San Martín ... Maria (as Carmen San Martin)
Alessandro Gassmann ... Adult Jesus (as Alessandro Gassman)
Irene Papas ... Old Maria
Franco Interlenghi ... Rufus
Maurizio Donadoni ... Jeder
Hichem Rostom Hichem Rostom ... Sedeq
Roberto Bisacco ... Marzio
Roberto Posse Roberto Posse ... Druso
Frédéric Darié Frédéric Darié ... Elia
Pierre Clémenti ... Sefir
Susanna Martinková ... Maddalena (as Susana Martinková)
Fethi Haddaoui Fethi Haddaoui ... Erode
Martine Gafsi Martine Gafsi ... Giovanna
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The film attempts to fill in the "missing years" of Jesus, from ages 3 through 12. When King Herod orders that all Hebrew male children under the age of three be slain, Joseph moves his family near Egypt. Here, Jesus, sensing his divinity, expresses a desire to return to Nazareth. Travelling homeward with his mother Mary, Jesus flashes forward to events that will unfold in his adult life. Written by X

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 June 2011 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Child Called Jesus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Una Stella Sopra Il Deserto
Composed by Piero Piccioni
Music From & Inspired by A Child Called Jesus
Courtesy of Sacred Art of Talents
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One of the best movies about Jesus
17 January 2016 | by fredric_werthamSee all my reviews

This totally original "biblical" film (actually focusing on extra-biblical events) boasts an incredibly innovative screenplay, subtly and vividly directed with an excellent cast (including Matteo Bellina, Bekim Fehmiu and María del Carmen San Martín) in magnificent settings.

Most surprisingly of all: A Child Called Jesus is never didactic or overblown and totally credible, based on what we do know of that region from biblical archeology (as the Gospels are frequently problematic in this regard).

The challenge here is: How do you tell a story of Jesus (or any religious figure) as a boy without offending fundamentalists. Here they actually address a few of the biblical discrepancies that don't match up with other historical accounts (eg. the so-called Massacre of the Innocents which has never been corroborated by Palestinian history).

Ostensibly, the writers Vittorio Bonicelli, Franco Rossi and Francesco Scardamaglia must have consulted with rabbinical experts to get all the cultural details right. There is a verisimilitude here seldom seen in similar films.

This was actually made just BEFORE The Last Temptation of Christ and there's nothing presented here that would scare off "secular" or non-Christian viewers.

Best of all is the memorable score by the legendary Piero Piccioni. Looking forward to seeing the original Italian version with sub-titles, though they actually did an excellent job on the English-language version!


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