The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the meeting between Mussolini and Hitler in Rome. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her mysterious neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loren and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.
Loren and Mastroianni together again in a very special movie.
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Did You Know?
Maria Luisa, one of Antonietta's daughters, is played by Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Benito Mussolini. See more
Hitler's address, heard in the background, is not from his visit to Rome but from the 1934 Nuremberg Party Meeting, more particularly from his address to the German Youth on the third day. He's heard summoning them to be "strong and peaceful", "courageous and peace-loving". See more
That's the worst part. You try to seem different from what you really are. They force you to feel ashamed of yourself. To hide.