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?"

Have you no respect for the Seder?

What do you expect?

He's the son of a man

who become a Jew for money.

By the way,

we have a good offer for the store.

We can sell, if you're tired of working.

I will regret it,

but I don't feel like continuing

It's final

It's a shame to sell

...I will run it


Run a store, after all you have caused?

You married a goy who runs off,

leaves you pregnant

I warned you...

...the moment I saw him

You remember. "That goy is a bastard"

The meal is good mama

Like his father!

Socialist tongue

with a capitalist stomach

He is a child,

what could he know about politics?

Tell us about Garibaldi

Where he alive..., he would be a socialist

I read it in "The worker"

I prohibit such literature

She is tough, even now!

Mama, don't tell me this is...

my Camilla?

She was messy

...she stopped laying eggs and was dirty

She even ruined aunt Regina's hat

I hope the socialists take over

...and hang you

"A novel by Carlo Wilder"

"And he said..."

He said...


Five... four... three

Mothballs! Who was it?

Mothballs? It's impossible.

Everyone knows you have... alergy

My head... is smoking

I want to smoke, too. The cigar box?

I threw it away

It's gone

You did what? What was that?

For your own good

Of course, everyone is worried about me!

I adopted a father!

You asked me to

Why are you twiddling your thumbs? Work!

I am working


God bless

I told you to check the loaders

in the warehouse

If you damp the sacks...

they will break

I have worked enough

Come, pick up the sack

Pay me two flourines

One flourine is a fair price

I pay more than the others

Arguing is useless, it only tires us out

Lets it go. Tomorrow,

there is work for everyone

At the same rates

We still have two hours before sundown

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Barbara Alberti

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

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