In a rare male melodrama, a mechanic facing the end of an affair with a married woman wanders across the Italian countryside from the arms of one woman to another looking for satisfaction. Antonioni connects Italian neorealism with the director’s famous works of the 1960s.
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Beautiful film about a miserable person. I guess that is why he slaps women around (the little girl, too) because he is a miserable jerk. Why does everyone just stand around and watch while he does it and no one says anything? It's difficult to feel sorry for him but I feel sorry for everyone in this picture. So much misery in post-war Italy produced a lot of great films!
Neo-realist content springs into the elegant set-ups and camerawork of Antonioni's later career, complete with the landscapes and architecture brimming behind the characters, telling its own story. From the moment Aldo returns home from his wandering the movie becomes text-book Antonioni. --PolarisDiB
Shot mainly in the outdoors,showing how bleak and lonely is the life of the protagonist,who cannot get his life together in post war Italy.Steve Cochran gives a wonderful performance as an Italian native.Powerful.
There isn't a shred of sentimentality here, nothing but raw emotions emerge from the desperately gloomy landscapes and the hopelessness of its characters, all fighting to find real meaning in their lives. This is a powerful portrait of isolation and its damaging consequences for those living in provincial settings.