4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007, Romania)

#96 in my list of the top 100 spiritually literate films is 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. This is a film that unabashedly confronts the brutality of abortion. It deals in silence, and shame, and torment with unbroken shots and low-key performances that detail an illegal black-market abortion and the devastating aftermath over … Continue reading 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007, Romania)

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)

#98 in my top 100 spiritually literate films is Bicycle Thieves. This film is the pinnacle of Italian neo-realism. It is an unflinching look into the desperation of the poor and destitute. The story is stripped bare until there is only the understated essentials remaining. A father and son try to fix an injustice that … Continue reading Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)