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.
Seemingly uninteresting social drama yet one that reveals De Sica's subtle elegance in the mise-en-scène in service of a humanist/feminist agenda. The top-notch performances are led by a wonderfully resilient Bolkan who only briefly escapes the wretched conjugal milieu and the alienated industrial site. De Sica provides some excellent and inconspicuous shots of the alpine setting before a fatalistic finale.