"A Brief Vacation"
Directed by Vittorio De Sica
The words of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire -
"sickness is the vacation of the poor" - formed the premise of this film
from the director of the neorealist classics The Bicycle Thief and
Umberto D. Florinda Bolkan stars a working woman who must support
herself, her children, her incapacitated husband and his family on her
meager wages from a local factory. After collapsing at work with a lung
disease, she is sent to recover at a sanatorium in the snowy mountains where
she finds a new world, new friends and, possibly, new love. Italian with
English subtitles. 112 minutes.