A Quiet Place in the Country

Synopsis: Renowned painter Leonardo Ferri, whose works have a standard price set by the market, and his girlfriend Flavia live together in his studio in Milan. He has not completed any paintings in two months as he slowly goes mad. His mental issues, about which Flavia is aware, includes a recurring dream where she is torturing him before attempting to kill him. As such, Flavia makes arrangements for them to rent a country villa outside of Venice where the change in scenery may recharge his creative juices. Because she can feel negative energy toward her at the villa, Flavia decides to spend her weekdays in Milan, visiting on the weekends, leaving Leonardo alone at the villa during week with only the housekeeper, Egle. Still haunted by his mental problems, Leonardo tries but is unable to restart his work. During this time alone, he learns of Vanda Valier, a previous occupant of the villa who was killed outside the villa walls during the war at age fifteen. Many of the locals still have their own
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Elio Petri
Production: United Artists
  3 nominations.
106 min

The city is full of beautiful surprises.

I found an underwater television

for scuba diving,

an electric toothbrush,

a transistor refrigerator,

an electric knife sharpener,

an erotic electromagnet,

and an electric coffee grinder,

and an electric shoe cleaner,

and an electric fruit mixer,

and an electric water pick.

And a tiny automobile

to go around from room to room.


Come on.

We had nearly everything.

Nearly everything.

What a pity.

You slept badly.

I dreamt you killed me.

- Jealousy?

- No, sadism.

Are the police after me?

I don't know. You woke me up.

Let's see who was killed today.

Go and do some work.

- Don't forget to leave me some money.

- Is 10 okay?






- Hello?

- Is this Leonardo ferri, the painter?


I'm calling on behalf of the international

association of art for orphans

to ask you to contribute

a sketch to our cause.

How do I know this isn't the usual swindle?

If you like, I could bring

a few orphans to your home.

Hello? Are you still there, Mr. ferri?

Give me le monde.


- le nouvel observateur.

- Sexy.

- The Paris review.

- Sexy boy.

- Encounter.

- Sexy man.

- Ralits.

- Playgirl.

- L'osservatore Romano.

- Supersex, bang!, screw, sexmate,

bosom buddies, sex play...


come on, come on with me.

"Don't cry, little girl. Dry those tears."

"It's because I'm still a virgin."

"Keep your virginity."

"No, take it, it's the cause

of all my troubles, my suffering."

"I want your body to burn

with the same flame as my desire.

"This night will last for..."

"John takes her leg.

"'Where is Helga? Where is she?'

"'oh, Robert, quench this thirst in me.

"'Take this body, it's yours,

Robert, right now.

"'Devour me!

"'I am aflame with desire.

Put it out. Put it out!'

"'come here, you little b*tch.

Are you a virgin or not?'


"'Show me.' His breathing was heavier."

- It could be somebody important.

- Stay here.


It's a call from ziirich.

I can't go on like this. I'm sick.

It's just the telephone.

You can always disconnect it.

I don't know what's happened to me.

I've got to get away.

I can't work like this.

I've got to get away from the city.

I must get out of Milan.

This is an ideal part of the country

for an artist.

There it is. Stop here.

The house I told you about.

- Let's take a look at it.

- Leonardo, we're late already.

The count is expecting us.



He's your most important buyer.

It would be silly to offend him.

Please make an effort.

Driver, go on.

Leonardo, take my word for it,

the count's villa will be the perfect place

for you to work in peace and quiet.

I guarantee it.



- How are you?

- It's good to see you.

- I think you look marvelous.

- Hello, count zavattero, how are you?

- Fine, thanks.

- I'm sorry we're a little late.

Don't tell me this isn't the country.

- We had a wonderful trip down.

- Tiepolo worked here.

You can't ask for more than that.

We've got a surprise for you.

Leonardo ferri, 1962, going very cheap.

It didn't cost a penny then, remember?

Giambattista tiepolo, 1743.

Now, my old master,

how's this for a quiet place to work?

You know, flavia,

I've had faith in Leonardo

from the beginning,

and I've never regretted it.

You have a flair.

One must always buy young painters.

It's the young horses who win.

Leonardo, have a drink.

Come on, I'll introduce you.

This is Leonardo ferri.

Potential buyers

as well as friends, Leonardo.

They've been wanting to meet you

for a long time,

and now they've got you for three months.

Yes, but don't forget Leonardo came here

for some quiet, so he could work.

I think this period of tranquility

is going to be very productive.

But you really should do

some kind of physical exercise

like chopping wood, for example.

Flavia and I have organized

this little exhibition

to make you feel at home here,

but if you like, we can always take it down.

- Why do you buy my paintings?

- Sorry.

Because I admire you, and also

because they're a good investment.

You put it back.

I don't feel very well. I must get some air.

- How do you like this wine?

- Delicious.

Wait a moment.

In my opinion, it's as good

as any French wine.

Anybody here?

There was an air raid during the war.

What are you doing here?

Don't tell me how you got in.

I can guess. I have the keys.

I'm attilio bressan. The caretaker.

I'm looking for a quiet place in the country.

Only death could be quieter than this.

I know. I've lived here all my life.

- Could I rent it?

- It's for sale.

And has been for a long time.

They might consider renting it.

- Do you know the corniata family in padua?

- No.

They're the people who own the property.

- Maybe they'd rent it.

- Thanks.


Flavia, I must have that house.

I never heard of a man before

who had to have a villa near venice,

-so he could work.

- I want it.

It's not a good investment.

Everybody's told you so.

I don't give a damn about investments.

Can't you understand that?

Listen, I don't exist to make profits.

I'm not a stockbroker.

And I will never become a millionaire.

If you like that kind of a man,

why don't you go back to your husband?

If you don't care about making profits,

why do you make me ask

so much for pictures?

I'm obliged to sell them in the market.

The price is fixed there.

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Tonino Guerra

Antonio "Tonino" Guerra (16 March 1920 – 21 March 2012) was an Italian poet, writer and screenwriter who collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world. more…

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