Three different stories of Italian social mores are presented. In "Adelina", unemployed Carmine Sbaratti and his wife Adelina Sbaratti survive through Adelina selling black market cigarettes on the street. They are unable to pay for the furniture they bought (which is under Adelina's name), but are able to avoid the bailiff when he comes for the money or to repossess. They come up with a longer term solution to avoid Adelina being prosecuted for non-payment, but that solution has a profound effect on the family, especially Carmine. In "Anna", Anna Molteni, the spoiled wife of a successful businessman, and an artist named Renzo are on the cusp of an affair. Anna is feeling neglected in the marriage, as her husband seems more concerned about success and money than her. But a car accident shows both Anna and Renzo if an affair with each other is really what they want. In "Mara", Mara is a prostitute who works out of her apartment. She befriends Umberto, a young man visiting his ...
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Don't you get it? I like you precisely because you're different. Unlike those robots I know, busy making money all day. You write. You're intelligent. I never think about money, Renzo. I swear I don't.
Because you have it.
What am I supposed to do? Throw it out the window?
Yes, throw it all away: money, cars, jewelry, those Cleopatra bracelets.
Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce
Music by Nicola Valente
Lyrics by Salvatore Di Giacomo See more