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One of the most garlanded Italian productions of the early 1990s (two Cannes prizes, the European Film Award), Gianni Amelio’s intensely moving drama is one of the great European films about childhood. Young carabiniere Antonio (Enrico Lo Verso, the film’s only professional actor) is charged with transporting 11-year-old Rosetta and 9-year-old Luciano to a children’s home after their mother is deemed unfit to look after them. With no relevant experience, it’s not a job he was looking forward to, but when things don’t go according to plan, he decides to take them on a long journey from Milan to Sicily. The resulting top-to-bottom portrait of Italy acts as a backdrop to a complex psychological and emotional study of children slowly learning to trust an adult for the first time in their troubled lives. But do the authorities trust Antonio?