Extremely faithful to the Pasolinian universe, this tale of proletarian struggle for the ascent to 'success' is tranformed into a Christological Calvary with the excellent Citti as Tommaso experiencing the disillusionment of intimacy, engagement, politics, institutions before he rescues a prostitute from a flood and ends up fatally ill in his mother's house. Relentlessly critical of hypocrisy this is a sublime film!
The movie has the merit of being able to convey the sheer force of Pasolini's vision. The directors' touch is minimal and mends well with a story that does not need any tricks. Also, Piccioni signs a gorgeous soundtrack.
On screen, we see nothing more than the essence of Roman people, the protagonist being the medium, the model through which the soul of a city and culture is made real.