Malefemmene wasn't a huge success in Italy and, as far as I know, hasn't been released elsewhere, which is a pity cos it takes one of cinema's tiredest clichés and manages to inject a bit of freshness into it. A slightly ingenuous gangster's wife ends up in prison in a cell full of characters (who, sure, could only ever exist in a film) - they squabble, fight, come to understand each other, cook a lot (this is Italy, after all) and each of them gives away something of what brought them to their present state. What raises it above the predictable is the excellent acting, sharp script and the fact that the film makers manage to avoid the lesbian affair that most films of this genre think is obligatory.
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