Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves ★★★★★

I forgot how grim the film evolves into despair. There's so much truth and society wisdom in this story. Why do people do the unseemly things they do? How did Ricci get there? The bicycle theft can be a metaphor for a lot of pivotal things but in the end you just also need some good fortune to go on in life.

The restaurant scene especially is very touching. When Bruno eats his mozzarella sticks and has eye contact with the girl next table the difference is so striking. You can perfectly feel how they both know about where they stand in life in those few gazes. It's a masterful scene.