I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us) (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us) (1944)





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Moving drama of a couple's crumbling marriage, and the toll it takes on their young child. This landmark neo-realist film marks the first collaboration between writer Cesare Zavattini and director Vittorio De Sica.


Dina Perbellini
as Zia Berelli
Maria Gardena
as Mrs. Uberti
Dina Pechellini
as Aunt Berelli
Tecla Scarano
as Mrs. Berelli
Armando Migliari
as Commendatore
Guido Morisi
as Gigi Sharlani
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Critic Reviews for I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us)

All Critics (4)

A painfully moving portrait that shows the affects of a family break-up has on a sensitive 4-year-old boy and destroys his childhood innocence.

January 30, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The painful and necessary maturation of a child and of Italian cinema

August 12, 2012 | Full Review…

The final minutes of The Children Are Watching Us comprise one of those searing movie moments, with images you'll never forget

May 20, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Culture vultures dismissed the film at the time of its release because of its protoneorealist sentimentality, but this is precisely what makes De Sica's work so special.

March 18, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us)

"The Children are Watching Us" is another emotion filled and beautifully filmed masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica, who also made the timeless "Bicycle Thieves". This is another small scale drama that is touching, genuine and timeless in it's story of a child who bears witness to his parents demise and even more tragic circumstances. I couldn't take my eyes away from the screen and Luciano De Ambrosis (as Prico) gives a completely believable performance and Emilio Cigoli as the child's father is truly devastating in his performance. I can't recommend this one enough, much like "Bicycle Thieves", is a wonderfully compelling and emotion filled work from a master Director who specializes in these type of films and is worth a watch for anyone who enjoys cinema!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

De Sica's fifth film already shows his mastery of the medium. This portrait of loneliness and loss is a must for any neo-realist junkies

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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