Desperation. A theme found in an endless collection of stories and one that never lessens in it’s ability to impact us. The power of this theme comes from the consequences of desperation, specifically the dramatic loss of honor that seems so inevitably tied to it. It’s this universal emotion that allows Vittorio De Sica‘s Bicycle Thieves to remain so consistently effecting. The story is simple, and not at all burdened with multiple dilemmas. Just one: survive. Survive for family, survive for honor, just survive. Because this, more than anything else, is the point of existence.