The "jolt" at the end might not have been the factor that Dino Risi claims to have made this film so successful. But it is indeed a jolt and, as abrupt as it is, turns a sardonic road film into a contemplative portrait of what has been painted thus far. Like Alexander Payne said: "All great films must be seen over and over".
Dino Risi non mi delude mai:meraviglioso ritratto degli anni '60,con il suo boom economico,i cambiamenti sociali,la ricerca del benessere,le nuove speranze,la vita di chi si accontenta e di chi invece vuole strafare.è tutto perfetto,dalla colonna sonora,la scelta dei luoghi,la sceneggiatura,gli attori.Gassman monumentale,si stenta quasi a credere che stesse recitando.Bello bello bello.4,5*
What an awesome find. A Road Movie Like No Other! Offers two of the most fascinating characters in cinematic history (Bruno and Roberto). Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant were outstanding in their once-in-lifetime roles. This is Italian cinema at its peak best and missing this movie is nothing short of a crime. Highly Recommended!
Hysterical satire with wonderful dialogue and two excellent performances, Trintignant is a quiet and absent minded youngster, and Gassman is his mischievous, older but less mature counterpart, they meet one morning, take a country ride and enjoy the best weekend of their lives. Dino Risi's masterpiece.