The Children Are Watching Us

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Year Released: 1944
Rating: 2.0

Early (or pre-) Neo-realist film about a nuclear family in which the mother commits adultery and her family feels the repercussions: her husband is shamed and her child confused and sad. De Sica plays the material too heavily, and the child becomes an all-seeing, constantly whining 'object' instead (no decadent action goes unnoticed), and the morality is more Stanley Kramer than anything in the director's later work. The editing and storytelling get erratic at the end - I am still not sure what transpired.