The film concerns a female factory worker from Calabria who falls ill on the job and is prescribed a stay at a mountain retreat. She goes despite her husband’s wishes, leaving behind her thankless work shift and her frustrating in-laws, but also her three children.
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It's a good movie alright but not a masterpiece. If Clara's self-awareness is depicted with subtlety by Vittorio De Sica, the painting of her grotesque family comes rather under the comedy mold. Recommended.