La Ciociara (Two Women) (The Woman from Ciociara) (1960)


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Cesire (Sophia Loren) and her daughter Rosetta (Eleanora Brown) leave their shop in the suburbs of Rome for the safety of Cesire's girlhood village in the mountains. During a full-scale Allied invasion of Italy, mother and daughter travel by foot, mule and train to reach their destination. They meet Michele (Jean- Paul Belmondo), the intellectual son of a local farmer. Rosetta falls for Michele, who in turn falls for Cesire. No one reveals their feeling before Michele is recruited as a guide to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica
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On DVD: Jul 14, 1998
Madacy Entertainment



as Cesira

as Giovanni

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as Michele's Father

as Fascist

as Displaced Woman

as German in Haystack

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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rendering an astounding performance as a young widow in Vittiro De Sica's bleak neo-realistic WWII drama, Italian Sophia Loren became the first actress to (deservedly) win the Oscar for a role in a foreign-language film.

Full Review… | August 29, 2010

A powerful experience to behold, and one of De Sica's finest films.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Film Threat

A bleak but powerful anti-war drama.

Full Review… | June 26, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Staggering story, outstanding acting, particularly Loren.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for La Ciociara (Two Women) (The Woman from Ciociara)

A mother and her daughter struggle to survive WWII in Italy.
I don't have a lot to say about this film. I find it to be a film that I know I should like or at least respect, but I can't see what's so great or what's bad about it. Memorable moments like the film's ending and Sophia Loren's constantly defiant grimace are what will stay with me when I think of this film. I can tell that it's anti-war and an example of Italian cinema's neorealism, and while the film isn't inaccessible, it's not exactly common fodder either.
Overall, I think I should stop writing; it's best to do so when one doesn't have anything intelligent to say.

Jim Hunter

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Sad and difficult to watch but Sophia is very fine.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Filmed in 1960 by Compagnia Cinematografica Champion (Co Produced) on location in Itri, Italy. This was only there second film and its outstanding. This was all Sophia Loren in this film with Elenora Brown playing her daughter. Brown's role was played well for a young girl at that time. The Movie is about the mother and daughter leaving Rome during the invasion of Italy by the Germans, they go back to there home in the country but face many challenges along the way. Including rape of both mother and daughter on there way back to Rome. Yes a war theme film. Excellent 1960 story and well made. I watched this one on Netflix instant watch, but it also can be watched for free at 4 stars

Bruce Bruce

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