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Ahmari’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Many revere this film as one that depicts the beauty of mundanity, but I think that there's much more to praise it and its creative direction for.
Bicycle Thieves is a riveting visual journey through the tragedy of becoming the personification of the antithesis of your own morals at the hand of poverty and necessity.
When Antonio Ricci finally catches a break and gets a job as a poster hanger in Rome, he is elated to finally be able to provide for his family in a consistent and sufficient way. However, on the very first day of his job, the bicycle he sold his wedding sheets for was stolen from directly beneath him and his ladder.
The remainder of the film follows Ricci and his son Bruno on their frantic journey to find his bicycle and the person who stole it so that he can continue working.
In addition to being a genuinely riveting story, Sica did an immaculate job of creating a story which displays the feeling of true panic and fear one feels when your livelihood is hanging in the balance, and regaining control is completely out of your own.
In the end, in a final desperate attempt to put the hunt to an end and put his distress to rest, Antonio attempts to steal a bike and is chased down, caught and nearly jailed. In his son's eyes he sees his own disappointment mirrored back at him, and worse yet, his son's disappointment immediately dissolving into grief, and finally a realization of what life as a man can be.