Vittorio De Sica was reunited with his favorite screenwriter, Cesare Zavattini (The Bicycle Thief), for this 1973 effort. But the old formula of social realism modulated into whimsy and romance didn't take this time: the film is maudlin and exploitative. Florinda Bolkan is the simple peasant woman delivered from her brutal husband and grinding factory job when a doctor diagnoses tuberculosis and prescribes a stay in a mountain sanatorium. Exposure to patients from other classes raises her consciousness, and she's rewarded with a wistful, aristocratic lover (Daniel Quenaud). With Adriana Asti. 106 min.
By Dave Kehr