An Italian family in the 1880’s. Papa closes down the long-standing Ferramonti bakery and informs his two sons and daughter that they will have to fend for themselves in future. Irene his daughter-in-law under the guise of reconciling the family maps out a plan to grab the inheritance for herself.
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Best actress award earned by Dominique Sanda in Cannes. A story about how proletarian greed meets bourgeois mediocrity. Sometimes a pearl can arise from the manur like Dominique Sanda who doesn't seem out of place in the beautiful locations chosen by director Mauro Bolognini. Recommended.