Synopsis: Triest in the year 1911. Ernesto is the priviliged, seventeen year old son of a jewish mother and a non-jewish father, who has deserted his family. He is raised by his uncle Giovanni and ...
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Salvatore Samperi
  1 win & 1 nomination.
98 min

I've had it.

Work is low,

one must be patient.

Always patient!


Get to work.

The pay?

One florin for two cars.

It's too little.

It's agreed then,

I'd throw the sac on the ground...

and say:
"We quit!" But back me up.

I got a wife and kids, don't forget.

Go ahead, Mario.

Yeah, they say they'll strike.

Then they'll get cold feet.

What's the matter? Tired?

No, I'm furious with the boss.

The miser!

Only one fluorine to load and unload...

two cars.

You're right,

I can't stand him either.

When he needs laborers I call you.

But I'm ashamed of the pay.

Got any cigarettes?

No, I don't smoke.

But Mr Wilder does.

Look at this one...

Take that one, it's beautiful.

How much?

One fluorine... very little.

Oh, another blackbird!

Auntie is resting.

You'll like it?

No be quiet.

You and your animals!

They are better than most men...

and certain women.

I am going out.

Ill mannered!

Don't be disrespectful.

She's not going.

Why have you stopped going to the store?

I won't tell you.

You have grown lazy.

Go to your room!

And straighten up everything.

I'm warning you.

Get that chicken out of here.

Come, Camilla...

I put her in the kitchen.

Good morning, Mr. Wilder.


This is the last one!

Give me the cigars,

and avoid temptation.

Why? It's the last.

As of tomorrow...

I quit.

And the box in the safe?

Here... No!

Did you tell the cleaning woman...

that I can't stand

the smell of mothballs?

The mothballs?

Yes... took care of it personally.

Very well, back to work.

The cigars! Cigars!

Here... conscience is clean.

And I don't want to be disturbed.

I have an important

business letter to write!

Keep an eye on the workers!

Specially at the ones

in the warehouse.


Keep the whole box.

My ideal is to rob the reach

to help the poor.

I'm for socialism. You too?

I don't bother with politics

But you do well.

Today's youth sides with the owners.

We shouldn't smoke in here.

But I don't care.


You're a nice boy...

good looking too.

No one ever told me.

Not even your mother?

Least of all,

she is afraid of spoiling me.

We are different,

but I wish we could be friends.

I'm not rich.

Half of my salary goes to... mother.

...and the rest for women!

No, I decided no women until I'm 18.

Are you married?

No, not me.

I'm a bachelor.

I prefer it that way.

Your father?

Never knew him.

He left my mother before I was born.

And my uncle Giovanni

became my guardian.

He's a fanatic. He hates me.

He hates all socialist.

Your mother must love you.

I don't see how she couldn't.


I don't know. It's a shame...

That we can't be friends...

go out together.

Because you're older?

That's not why.

Do you know what it means...

to be the friend of a man like me?

If you don't,

I'm not about to teach you.

Do you know?

You have understood.

Yes, but where?

Where what?

To be alone.

Well, how can we?

In the country there's a place...

No, somebody who'd see as outside.

Tonight, in the woods.

Let's think about it.

All right. We'll talk about it later.

"Blessed are thou,

oh Lord, creator of all things"

"of the fruits of the earth"

"This is the bread of our fathers

in the land of Egypt"

"Eat Of these bread"

"Celebrate the Passover,

this year we are here"

"In the next, we shall be in Israel"

"Here we are in bondage. Next year..."

"in Israel, we'd be free"

I'm hungry,

we have been here three hours.

The questions

"Why do we dip our vegetable in liquid, and..."

The meaning of this ceremony...

"What does this ceremony signifiy for you?"

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Barbara Alberti

Barbara Alberti (born April 11, 1943) is an Italian writer, journalist, and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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