two women

Sophia Loren stars as Cesaria in this heart-breaking story of a widow and her adolescent daughter trying to find peace and shelter in wartime Italy, where it’s unclear which passing soldiers have come to help and which have come to harm. Fearful for the safety of her daughter and ever protective, Cesaria flees Rome to her childhood village where they find some safety but little food. The film explores themes of protection, mother’s love, loss of innocence, and trust both at the personal and at the global level, and will stay with you long after you have first viewed it. Loren’s stunning performance won her an Academy Award, the first ever for a foreign language film. [italy, 1961]

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