The Children are watching us

The Children are watching us

DVD - 2005 | Italian
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A portrait of the destruction of innocence, in which a four-year-old boy's world is destroyed by his mother's affair, his suicidal father, and his eventual abandonment.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: Irvington : Criterion Collection, [2005]
Copyright Date: ℗2005
Branch Call Number: Italian DVD FIC Child
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm + 1 booklet.
Language Note: In Italian with English subtitles.


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Jun 01, 2018

È un buon film. Il bambino è bravo attore.
It is a fine film like all of others of Vittorio De Sica. It is clear, simple and touching.
Be careful, children are watching us, they may not say any, but they do understand well and they will react accordingly. The setting is open to invite us waking into it. It is done beautifully.

Mar 09, 2017

This is a good, touching, movie. There is an especially skillful and innovative sequence of images about half an hour into the film.

Oct 04, 2016

An authentic and touching story of a boy, and how he watches his life and family change. Children can't tell the difference between the public and private lives of the adults around them. For them, it's all the same thing. Adults have to manage both aspects of their lives and that's sometimes what makes being an adult challenging. How you prepare a child to become an adult is at the heart of this film. It's a difficult topic but De Sica handles it admirably, with a natural touch for letting actors and camera flow openly, letting the audience connect the dots of subtleties that are sprinkled throughout - condo boards, photobombs, bocce games and nosy neighbours, to name a few. I have a great respect for films without artifice - enjoy this one, although be prepared with a handkerchief if you are the tearful type.

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