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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clara Mataro
... Franco Mataro, the husband
Daniel Quenaud ... Luigi, Clara's lover
... Dr. Ciranni
... Gina
... Brother-in-law
Julia Peña ... Edvige
Miranda Campa ... Nurse Guidotti
Angela Cardile ... La Rossa, the redhead
Anna Carena ... Mother-in-law
... Maria
Maria Mizar ... Nurse Garin
Alessandro Romanazzi ... Son
Adriana Asti ... Scanziani
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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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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One woman's monumental toil for love, duty and survival
3 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Finally available on DVD. I had been wanting to share this movie with friends for more than 30 years. It has always been on my top 10 list of best movies ever seen.What I remember most are the subtle scenes which communicate so much, the woman wrapping her meat patty from her factory provided lunch in a napkin and slipping it into her purse in order to be able to give it to her son later on. Or after finally going to see a doctor, first making a last-minute detour into a department store to buy new underwear, too embarrassed that the doctor would see her in what she had on. Or at the very end, when the train passes by the billboard with the Mao graffiti on it (the most subtle of political comment). This is a splendid and brilliant movie, exposing the complexity of social circumstance without ever taking the easy way out, or suggesting there is ever an easy answer, in this case just a brief vacation.


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