The topic of internal migration, which has affected Italy since the post-war period until the 1970s, is addressed here from the point of view of changing one’s lifestyle. When we talk about Italian internal migration we have to think of an escape from the South, impoverished and without opportunities to offer, and a conquest of the North.
The north is seen by the inhabitants of the South as the new frontier, the new opportunity. An opportunity, however, that presents some unknowns, symbolically represented by the scene in which we see the Parondi that do not find Vincenzo on his arrival, and then start towards the exit of the station, towards the city, enveloped in a cloud of smoke that prevents them from seeing well what’s ahead.
The city represents modernity, and the brothers, while they are on the bus, admire with great excitement, the lights of the city, the clubs, the shops and they start to dream about the new life.
Why You Come Here?
when Nadia meets the Parodi family who lives in a basement, in poor conditions, she wonders why the people of the South abandon their villages to come and live in the North in difficult situations. Nadia does not understand that what is uncomfortable for her is a challenge for them. It is no coincidence that Nadia observes the images of Vincenzo as a boxer … boxing becomes the main element of this film because it symbolically represents the struggle for success: only those who remain standing until the end win
The people who left their villages did so to have more job opportunities in the industrial cities. But to have this opportunity it is necessary that everyone improve their professional condition through learning. Milan does not need peasants but specialized workers, and the only one who understands this is Ciro, who spends his life working the day and studying in the evening to become a skilled worker