Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Tuesday 9th May 1961
Distributed by: Madacy Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Cast & Crew
Starring: Niki Karimi as Fereshteh
Two Women Review
By Christopher Null on Tuesday 1st November 2005
The two women of the title are Cesira (Sophia Loren, who won an Oscar for her performance here) and her pre-teen daugher Rosetta (Eleonora Brown). What makes their story worth watching is that they are struggling to survive in Italy at the conclusion of World War II -- facing hunger, rogue Nazis, and an uncertain future. Loren's performance is completely stunning, and though the film has a very slow, Fellini-style start, its last hour is dazzling and more than makes up for the flaws. Note that DVD quality of this film is variable -- the one I saw was a very lousy VHS dub and did little justice to the film's cinematography.
Aka La Ciociara.