This week, the theme for Wanderer's Thursday Movie Picks Meme is about father-son relationships. I think there's a mother-daughter one later on, though nothing about father-daughter or mother-son. Anyway, I'm supposed to find three movies about the relationship between a father and his son. This is not too hard to do, the only catch is that they have to be biologically related. That means that surrogate children don't work here, but there's still plenty of films about father-son relationships to look at.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
This simple story about a man who loses a bicycle and struggles to get it back was part of the short-lived Neo-Realism movement in Italy, which followed the end of World War II and a strong desire among Italian filmmakers to find a new voice for their movies (largely because their fascist government had just been toppled in the War). The result was series of slice-of-life films dealing with everyday issues affecting people at the time. In this case, it's about a man who finally gets work that requires him to use a bicycle, only to have it stolen, with most of the film being about the efforts of him and his son to get it back. The son actually delivers a pretty good performance here, and the relationship between the two of them is pretty solid.
This is certainly a more roundabout choice but as far as I can recall they never did specify the gender of the baby. David Lynch's first feature film involves a man who finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his baby and subsequently he is required to take care of it. The trouble, of course, is that the baby in question is a weird mutated reptilian creature that never seems to stop crying. There is also a creepy woman who lives in the guy's radiator, a mysterious "man in the planet" who seems to be controlling things, and a dream sequence in which the protagonist is decapitated, followed by the baby taking over his body and his head being made into pencils. It is a frightening experience and certainly an odd way to express the difficulties of being a parent, though it is definitely not for the faint of heart.
The Road (2009)
Have you found that The Walking Dead is just too upbeat for your tastes? Well then, John Hillcoat's The Road is the movie for you. This has got to be one of the most depressing films ever made. It's the story of a man and his son trying to survive in the aftermath of an unidentified apocalypse that has destroyed most life on Earth, leaving only small groups of human scavengers desperately trying to survive on whatever they can find (many having resorted to cannibalism). It is certainly an unusual relationship to be sure (the father actually takes the time to instruct his son on how to properly commit suicide should he ever want to do so) but it is a touching one nonetheless. Really, it's all about maintaining some form of human decency in a world where literally nothing else is left.