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Early, more neo-realist Antonioni,
This review is from: Il Grido [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]  (DVD)
Unique amongst the Antonioni films I've seen, in that it has a lower
class and sympathetic lead character.
A worker is rejected by his long time lover when he asks to marry her,
and takes their shared 7 year old daughter and hits the road in
response, meeting and struggling with various women along the way.
A much more naturalistic and neo-realist film than other Antonioni
films, interesting and moving, with a much clearer POV and story. It's
also very well shot, although in a more subtle, less breathtaking way
than his other work. But it does succumb to melodramatics at times, and
the acting is OK, not great. There's also a touch of misogyny. But this
is still a solid work by a master film-maker, so worth checking out if
Antonioni is of interest to you.