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Eva is a young woman who works in a variety store for a meager salary, solely supporting her two parents and three sisters - while her father lies in bed reading dime novels, smoking his pipe, and drinking pails of beer. As her only pair of shoes disintegrates from long use, so does her hopes, her respect for her father, and her resistance against a leering cabaret singer.

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Les Victimes De Le bibliophilisme

A memorable work that's unusual in many ways.

Though it could have taken the typical route of a tear-jerker melodrama of innocent souls beset by poverty and at the mercy of the wicked, it instead avoids the shallow stereotypes to become more of a poignant family drama of the tension between a father and daughter who are linked (and brought into conflict) by their shared languid temperament and disengagement from those around them.

But, like too many other poverty films, blame is placed completely on individual behavior, with nothing said about the institutional forces that drive to that behavior (e.g., the drudgery of wage slavery that drives workers to seek escape from it) - simply sermons from studio preachers on the nobleness of wage slavery.

Yet, unlike other intemperance tales, Father's vice is not in his beer pail, nor is there “hop” in his pipe. This is a tale of “Les Victimes De Le bibliophilisme”, i.e., “What Books Did”.

Although titles too often lapse into telling the viewer what to think, the story is mainly told by the understated performances and detailed settings.

What Think Did

Les Victimes De Le bibliophilisme: What Think Did to Father
The Scamp
What Think Did to children: from tough...
Sisters: what think did fluff
Lil: Disaffection