A beautiful film which is basically about a man, a piano player, who meets and falls in love with a beautiful and voluptuous woman, who, by some strange procedure, leaves the man unable to ... See full summary »
Michel is a bored lonely cheap-thrills-seeker. Everything changes when he finds an unusual bobble head doll in the shape of a pretty woman that can say "I love you" and falls in love with it to the point of obsession.
Roberto has a new job as the teacher at a nursery school. The first child he meets is Gianluigi, who's mute. Roberto is spirited, bringing a TV into class, then a donkey. He takes children ... See full summary »
Back home, Glauco, an industrial designer, finds his wife in bed with a serious headache. She has left him dinner but it is cold and Glauco decides to prepare himself a gourmet meal. While ... See full summary »
Adelina, a former "Miss Smiles" beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love. Written by
Dear Adelina, I don't want to tap into your private life. I'm a lonely woman too like Giovanna is now unfortunately. Yet it's never crossed her mind or mine when we became widows to look for a man, just to have a male figure at home.
You're widows, and I'm not - and do you know why you're widows? Because you never gave a damn about men. I find them funny. I like to have them around me, and they feel this, so that;s why they like me! Hmmph!
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Nel blu dipinto di blu
Composed by Domenico Modugno
Plaintive version played as motif on piano at retirement home See more »
One of Marco Ferreri's movies from later in his career focuses on a woman in a retirement home and her new relationship. Protagonist Adelina (Ingrid Thulin) hooks up with a man whose wife is undergoing treatment. Many of Adelina's acquaintances don't approve of her relationship, to the point that someone steals her dentures. This sets in motion a whole new series of events.
What I found to be a really interesting part of "La casa del sorriso" ("The House of Smiles" in English) was the African music. The African immigrants brought a most unexpected dimension to a movie with a seemingly routine story. But anyway, I've liked every one of Marco Ferreri's movies that I've seen, and I recommend this one.
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