Bicycle Thieves ★★★★

If it’s good enough for David Kahane, it’s good enough for me. 

I don’t believe the war is mentioned once in the movie, but its effects are felt throughout. There’s a post-defeat depression with rampant unemployment and food shortages. There’s a palpable sense of anxiety that grows to desperation and ends up in shame. 

Reminds me a bit in tone of The Grapes of Wrath, albeit in a different time and setting. I think that constant feeling of anxiety where everything is hanging by a string for everyone will stick with me for a while. 

Parenting 101: if you hit your young child, just make it up to them with a carafe of wine!