#356: The Tree of Wooden Clogs

orxvdhuwjlhjzwzi1ni2hxgryug#356 – The Tree of Wooden Clogs, (L’albero degli zoccoli), 1978, Ermanno Olmi

The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him help them, although this represents a great sacrifice. The boy has to wake up very early and walk several miles to get to the school. One day the boy’s shoes break when returning home, but they do not have money to buy other. What can they do?

#738: Il Posto

8bqiwanzndg944uinr02uuynvyz#738 – Il Posto, 1961, Ermanno Olmi

With his family mired in financial troubles, Domenico moves to Milan, Italy, from his small town to get a job in lieu of furthering his education. A lack of options forces him to take a position as a messenger at a big company, where he hopes to receive a promotion soon. There, Domenico meets Antonietta, a young woman in a similar situation as himself. The two form a tentative relationship, but the soulless nature of their jobs threatens to keep them apart.