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646 Ratings

Two Women

La ciociara

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Italy, France, 1960
Drama, War


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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Two Women Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1961 | Winner: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1962 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

How [the 13-year-old] becomes a woman is not necessarily how she becomes a woman, it’s how society might view her as she crosses that threshold, it’s what many tell you makes you a woman, but that her choice towards one aspect of womanhood is taken from her, and taken from her violently (and with her mother enduring the same) gives Two Women an extra dose of sadness and, touchingly, strength.
January 21, 2017
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A constant hassling-unto-harassment by most of the men Cesira and Rosetta meet, as well as short encounters with dogmatic German, ineffectual British, untouchable American, and shirtless Russian soldiers, fill out a theater of war that looks like a rich, tragic-comic spectacle, until a final act of violence forecloses the comic strain.
December 21, 2016
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