An early showcase for the skills of lead thesp Valeria Bruni Tedeschi this tale of a self committed fragile woman influencing the lives of the other inmates is often shrill and oft-putting but does have a certain charm. Scripting leaves a fair amount to be desired especially its abrupt finish.
I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood for this movie, but even sympathizing with Martine for a while, the movie became a real drag for me. Couldn't go further than 60 minutes on it.
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has some spark on her, and possibly nothing else but that made me give it a try for more than half a movie. But this film has really nothing exceptional.