A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post-WWII Berlin.A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post-WWII Berlin.A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post-WWII Berlin.
Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War, must do all kinds of work to help his family get food and survive. One day he meets one of his former teachers and hopes to get support from him, but this man's ideas don't lead Edmund into a clearer or safer way of living. —Hugo <email@example.com>
totally true and gut wrenching
this is at times an incredibly painful movie to watch as rosselini portrays the struggle of ordinary germans to survive the devastation of post war berlin and rebuild their lives. the protagonist is a 12 year old boy whose childhood has been stolen by war - he tries to live up to the responsibilities that are forced on him but it's all too much for a skinny little boy to handle. the desperation depicted in this movie really shows the horrors of war for all people - even the ones who initiate it and lose. this is a remarkably compassionate film - i cannot recommend it highly enough. 10 stars.
- Jun 14, 2002
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