The drama of a couple and of a country torn apart by the WWII. De Sica's sharp 'eye' is there and Loren and Mastroianni's greatness is enhanced by Guerra's solid and dynamic writing. Characters evolve coherently and naturally and the story sink deep into their motivations and their scars. By masters' hands and hearts, only precious gems. (PS. you will cry)
Ridiculous score that completely missed what few great things this film had. MUBI, it's one thing for some of the provincial idiots at the academy to praise it (I've eaten lunch several times with a voting member and heard their thoughts as they went through that year's entires), but you all should know better. Nino Rota vanished from history? You have amnesia for scores? Worst "Our Take" I've seen, by far.
Over baked melodrama that never really gets off the ground. Sophia Loren is wasted here in a matronly role but its the script that really sinks this one. The first third is promising but really sinks after the Russian reveal. A disappointment after the neo-realist films and the sixties comedies.
Sophia Loren stars as a strong willed Italian woman who sets out to find her husband after he goes MIA on the Russian front in WWII. Vittorio De Sica demonstrates his considerable versatility in this tragic and deeply emotional melodrama that is a big departure from both his Neorealist roots and his comedies of the 1960s.