Bicycle Thieves ★★★★★

"Every Sunday, it rains."

A simple masterpiece but an emotionally significant one.

I've been laid off from my job before, so I know the value and dignity of a job. Given, I've never lived in a postwar depression-like society that this movie takes place in, but I sympathized with the characters in this movie a great deal. Not only is this movie about the value of work and working hard, it's about family, supporting that family, and masculine ideals of the provider and leader of a family unit.

This movie is executed in such a poignant, sad way that I found myself emotionally invested at every turn. The story is incredibly simplistic but deals with weighty themes in a deft way. It's an economical film as far as runtime and the performances are top-notch. I love how you see the protagonist, Antonio, sort of slowly lose all hope until he basically sells his soul toward the end. It's a painfully slow descent into the decay of his character's morals that shows the lengths humans are willing to go to put food on the table for their families.

It's a simple story of everyday folk that really tugs at your heart.

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