A brilliantly portrayed image of life in postwar Italy. Antonio Ricci’s job, future, and stability rest in the spokes of his precious bicycle, which is stolen shortly into the movie. With the stealing of his bicycle, Ricci loses the hope for his family’s survival in a bleak society where jobs are scarce and the need is towering. Ricci’s and his son’s despairing expressions coupled with Cicognini’s score deliver a film so deeply heartbreaking it stays with you long after the credits end. A Criterion neorealist classic.