Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house overnight so that a newlywed couple can have their own home.
In this heartwarming film De Sica and Zavattini continued their long-running investigation of the social conditions of post-War Italy begun a decade earlier. Set in a Rome being rebuilt in the midst of an economic revival, the story is of a newlywed couple and their struggle to find a home. Working class solidarity is celebrated in a film that stands as a fitting coda to the most fruitful period of De Sica's career..