Saturday, February 25, 2006


It's hard enough watching an old Italian pensioner descend through increasingly desperate circumstances into poverty and suicidal thoughts, but when he's got an adorable little terrier with him, the pathos increases exponentially.

A beautiful film, made with tender art (I could write reams about the elegant symbolic use of stairs and vantage points but will spare you)--and only 90 minutes long! Watch it with The Bicycle Thief and call out sick from work for three days.

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