A Difficult Life

Synopsis: Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): Dino Risi
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
118 min


Take the typewriter!

- My God! Careful, Silvio!

- Who is it?

Do you remember it now, mrs. Pavinato,

at the hotel "Leon d'oro"?

- Say the Tisico sent you.

- Goodbye and thanks. - Bye, Silvio.

Careful, the Germans are there.

Not there, the hotel is on the other side.

Attention, Germans coming.

- Heil, Hitler.

- Heil, Hitler.

Are you the landlady of the hotel?



- Mrs. Pavinato?

- Yes, what do you want?

The Tisico sent me. You have a flour mill,

can you give me the keys?

- Why? - We are five,

in need of a secure shelter.

- Who are you? - I am Silvio,

the partisan journalist

writing for "La Scintilla".

I need your flour mill.

Move on! I don't want

anything to do with you.

- You have stolen salami from me.

- Be careful what you say.

I am no thief, I am an officer

and a university student.

I look like this because

I'm hunted for by the Germans.

I don't want to have anything to do with you.

For three nights I've been sleeping in a

cemetary, with a terrible toothache.

If it does not give the keys to me,

I'll break open the door!

I fight against the Germans

and I must be helped!

Is that the German?

Hands up!

- What's that?

- A typewriter. I'm a writer.

- You're a partisan!

- No, I'm a writer. Artist. Novelist.

Madam, you speak German.

Help me, this will kill me.

You cannot kill me just like that,

you must prosecute me.

You don't deserve a legal process,

italian traitor!

- You've been firing at my German comrades.

- My God!


You killed him with an iron?

Where are you going?

- Murderer, what have you done?

- It was her. - Elena?

What's going on?

In my room there is NO hot water.


hot water for lieutenant Franz.

- Leave now.

- Where? - Now!

Come with me. Run!

- Are the Germans there?

- Go.

Where are you running? Here.

- What are you doing?

- Taking the keys.

- Whose house is it? - My grandfather's

flour mill. It's abandoned now.

- The Germans will not find you here.

- You're right. - Get inside.


- Let's hide the machine gun.

- Yes, take it.

We'll put it here.

It's beautiful here, I like it.

- Thanks, you have saved my life.

- Eh!

What's up, do I scare you?

Are you a servant?

Do you work in that hotel?

What do you mean, servant.

I'm the landlady's daughter.

- You, who are you? What you do in life?

- I'm a student.

- Southerner?

- No, I'm from Rome.

- You're a Roman?

- Yes.

- How did you end up here?

- I was a second lieutenant in Como.

Then came the 8th of september,

my regiment was abandoned

You're shaking. Are you cold? Afraid?

No, I have a neuralgia swelling

in my cheek, closing my eye.

I have many pains because of

the humidity. I also have a cough.

- You have bronchitis?

- Chronic bronchitis.

Do you have lice?

No, I'm clean,

I wash myself nearly every day.

This fabric is itching me,

it is mutton wool.

- Let's go.

- Eh?

- Let's go. - Where?

- Here!

You can rest here, then tonight

when it's dark you can move on.

- Whose bed is it?

- My grandfather's. - Beautiful!

- I haven't slept in a bed for four months.

- Where did you sleep?

Where we printed the newspapers,

under bridges, in cemetaries.

Every night we changed places,

to avoid being found by the the Germans.

Let me make the bed.

I'm distressed, because for three nights

I've been sleeping in a cemetary,

- in a tomb, next to a dead man.

- Holy Mother!

- Here, put yourself to bed.

- How nice! Tomorrow morning I will move on.

- Where will you go? - I'll catch up with

my companions, they need me.

I write the newspaper,

they are poor and unfortunate.

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Rodolfo Sonego

Rodolfo Sonego (27 February 1921 – 15 October 2000) was an Italian screenwriter. He wrote Commedia all'italiana films such as A Difficult Life, Il vedovo, and The Traffic Policeman. more…

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