The Children Are Watching Us was de Sica's first serious attempt at realism.
An adaptation of a novel by Cesare Giulio Viola, the literary and elaborate
script provides a vivid illustration of his
attitude of that time: he wanted his films
to be “a word in favour of the poor and
The film is seen from a child's point
of view a boy watches his mother
having an affair with another man and
notes his father's reaction to it-the story
being set against the realistic background of Italy in the years after Mussolini.