The suburbs of Rome are not what they seem. Neat little fences separate
carefully manicured lawns, while filtering through the summer idyll are human
frustrations of the blackest dye. Impossible to ignore and self-assured in its
direction, the picture uses hyperbole to portray neurotic fathers, indifferent
mothers, and childhoods that are far from innocent. This scathing vision of
depraved humanity won Berlin’s Silver Bear for Best Screenplay.