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A Brief Vacation (1973)

Una breve vacanza (original title)
A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected ... See full summary »

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Clara Mataro
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Franco Mataro, the husband
Daniel Quenaud ...
Luigi, Clara's lover
José María Prada ...
Dr. Ciranni
Teresa Gimpera ...
Gina
Hugo Blanco ...
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Julia Peña ...
Edvige
Miranda Campa ...
Nurse Guidotti
Angela Cardile ...
La Rossa, the redhead
Anna Carena ...
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Monica Guerritore ...
Maria
Maria Mizar ...
Nurse Garin
Alessandro Romanazzi ...
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Enrico Baroni
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A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected turn when she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and has to go to a sanatorium in the Italian Alps. At the medical clinic in Milan she meets young mechanic with the similar health problems. At the sanatorium she meets again the same man and they start a passionate love affair. All good things must come to an end. When she is cured, she has to return to that rathole from which she only briefly emerged. Written by marty gottlieb <anangke@erols.com>, prokurator@gmail.com

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For everyone who has had a private moment of love. Or wishes for one.

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According to producer Arthur Cohn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Jane Fonda all wanted to play the role of Clara Mataro which ultimately went to Florinda Bolkan. See more »

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Referenced in Carrie (1976) See more »

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Music by Manuel De Sica
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Christian De Sica
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Compelling, thoughtful entertainment
25 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Florinda Balkan stars as a factory worker battered by her crippled husband who discovers she has lung disease and is send on medical leave to a TB resort in the mountains for treatment. Here she is romanced by a handsome patient from a nearby facility and develops close friendships with her roommates, sharing their triumphs and disappointments while they battle with fates of mortality. The great irony results in that she is cured, but ruined by the fact she must return to her factory work and poor, abusive family. Fans of Bette Davis (Jezebel) and Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) will enjoy her portrayal of a strong tragic heroine. I must admit scenes with her abusive husband and fellow TB patients are quite hard-hitting, but worth enduring to see the powerful finale.


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