Top positive review
Compelling viewing, you find yourself trying to find his bike for him!
on 28 June 2014
*Spoiler alert!* This film has stayed with me though I watched it months ago. I bought it because it was on the IMDb top 250 movies, and this has been one of my best 'finds' yet from that list. :) The plight of the father and son is so well observed in this social realist film. Increasingly, I felt for the poor boy, yet the urgency of the father whose bike was stolen is so sad and understandable. We're compelled to follow him through to an ending that appears inevitable as we see how society creates the moral demise of this family man honestly trying to make the most of his lot; oh how far he falls in his son's eyes! Painful. The everyday surroundings of Italy in the economic aftermath of WWII serve as an intriguing backdrop for the modern viewer. It's true that there are parts that are uncannily like Life is Beautiful, but having seen that most excellent film, it does not detract from this one which differs in style, nor (in my mind) from Life is Beautiful. They're both outstanding films in their own right. The only part of the story I was really unsure of was that surely he has lost his job anyway even if he finds his bike again?? All in all, a heart-tugging story that is equally thought-provoking and interesting to watch. The Bicycle Thieves is probably the oldest film that I will keep to watch again.