Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the Second World War. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta.
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A seemingly forgotten follow-up to De Sica's trilogy of neorealist landmarks, it's also easily the most communist film of the bunch as it critiques Italy's social class structure and how none of it changed after the war. My only issue is something personal. I've always had a hard time with films dealing with rape as I find it nearly impossible to judge if its implementation is respectful, successful or even necessary
An outstandingly beautiful film that creates a moving connection between the viewer and the cast/the story: you could almost 'touch' their true state of mind and Belmondo sincerely leaves a powerful impression as much as the already-praised duo: Sophia/Eleonora.
This is a beautiful movie, displaying a great performance by Sophia Loren (who won the Academy Award for this). Touching, moving... shocking scene when a daughter's innocence is violented. A mother's strenght in the middle of a war.
De Sica follows up his neorealist landmarks w/ this amazingly personal, at times brutal, film. Belmondo plays a great commi, and Loren was never more important, driving this film about Italy's screwed up class structure to the end. Rape scene is something I'll never forget. It was so expertly handled that I was near tears by the end of the film. Essential Italian cinema, unfortunately tough to find on home video.
Mi trovo a recensirlo diversi anni dopo averlo visto ed ancora mi sale il panico se penso all'impietosa scena nella quale prendono atto le selvagge marocchinate ai danni delle protagoniste da parte dei famelici goumiers. Tremo ancor di più nel ricordare lo strazio materno della protagonista nella scena che segue. De Sica firma un capolavoro bellico, forte quanto le sue protagoniste, crudo quanto la realtà.
ABSOLUTE masterpiece, absolute in the sense of all-encompassing, flawless, PERFECT. Sofia Loren's screen-presence... I am lost for words The film is Sofia Loren, as Sofia Loren is the film. Never ever have I experienced emotion in such an absolute way. Again, the word absolute... for lack of an appropriate vocabulary... La ciociara is everything a film could ever aspire to be. it is pure
With a knockout performance by Loren, De Sica's tale of Italian struggle in WW2 is a powerful film that portrays the beauty & the beast inside man that's heightened in wartime. Eventually the Marocchinate climax comes and you feel the anguish/confusion because of all that's come before. Even if De Sica & Loren are mostly rom-coms, this is their best work together.