Film: Germany Year Zero (133/250)
First Time/Rewatch: First Time
GOD. What are you trying to do to me, Rossellini? This film is bleak. There is nothing uplifting about this story, just as there is nothing uplifting about war, or the aftermath of war, or how it affects the most innocent among us. Whatever country they're living in, whatever "side" they're on, war is completely horrible and unfair to children. Children are supposed to play and be silly, not worry themselves to death about their families, or wonder where their next meal is coming from. They are not supposed to be left to fend for themselves. Little Edmund (Edmund Moeschke) puts a face to all of those countless children in similar, dangerous, situations. Living in ravaged cities, trying to get through the day. Sometimes it takes a movie to shine the light on a situation you might have forgotten about, a movie you can watch while you're safe in the comfort of your living room. And you can reflect on how the world got so ugly.