Maternity Blues

Synopsis: In a moment of madness Clara has killed her baby. Found not bearing liability for her acts by the court, she is sent to a carceral psychiatric hospital. There, she shares a room with young women who, like her, committed an act from which there is no going back. Clara and her roommates try to go on living with the weight of their sins on their shoulders. Words are exchanged. Friendships ties are established. But consolation flees their minds...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fabrizio Cattani
Production: Sherlock Films
  8 wins & 1 nomination.
94 min

Mrs Micheli! Mrs Micheli!

Clara, say something!

Just one question!

This way.


Is she already here?


I'll be right there.

Put that cigarette out, Eloisa.

You can't smoke here.

Stop nagging, Vincenza!

Enzo said I could.

I don't care. Enzo lets you do

whatever you want, we all know why.

Smoke outside

or I'll call Mrs Stregari.

You'll be in a room

with other patients.

They'll tell you how the centre works.

You'll have activities to do

and have visits once a week.

Twice a week, we'll have sessions,

sometimes in groups.

This is Lucia,

she'll look after you.

Do you feel okay?

You're seriously anaemic...


just want to die.

You're in abstinence, you're menopausal.



Stop winding her up.

One of these days, she'll react...

And do what?

Let her try.

You know something, Eloisa?

- You're the only one here who's not...

- Desperate?

Because I'm not a hypocrite,

I don't want to be branded like you.

Which brand?

You've all got a G

stamped on your foreheads.

- I don't.

- Rina leave her alone.

You've got it too

and so will the new girl.

G for what?

- Guilt?

- Shut up.

- What kind of family did you have?

- Family!

Rina, my family sucks

like all families.

But it's not their fault that I shoved

my kid's head in a plastic bag.

Right, Vincey?

Clara, we will help you.

You'll follow rehabilitation

and recreational programmes.

I'll explain the regulations here,

your room-mates will help you too.

You'll all receive 5 euros a week.

Rooms are vacated at 7:00, you return

there between 13:00 and 15:00 to rest

and then at 20:

Lunch is at 12:

It's always hard to sleep

the first few nights.

Beats a prison cell though.

I think I never slept there.

I was in prison for 6 months

before coming here too.

You're Clara, right?

I'm Vincenza.

How long have you been here?

Nearly six years.

Do you feel better?

You get used to it...

you get used to everything.

Do you believe in God?



You'll find it harder.

This is not good.

Get up.

Do you want to be alone?

I'll bring you something to read

if you like.

Where are you from?

Near Udine.


Everyone said you were foreign.

I've been in Udine for ten years.

I don't know that part of Italy.

My cousin did military service there.

This is for emergencies.

Do you like wine?

You have great wine.

Friulians are big drinkers, right?

- They're all drunkards.

- Really?

I was joking.

My name's Caterina,

but everyone calls me Rina.

Nice to meet you.

- What time is it?

- Midday.

Dr Scalia said you needed to rest.

- Has it been snowing long?

- Yes, five centimetres already.

There'll be loads of it soon.

I came to get a sweater,

it's really cold today.

You're sure you don't need anything?

If you need anything,

if you want to talk...

You can count on me.

Call someone, I don't feel well.


For years my mother...

took me to the hairdresser's

to have the front of my hair...

cut really short.

If I complained...

I'd get slapped.

And kicked.

When I grew up

and could stand up for myself...

one day... I nearly...

strangled her...

I pinned her up against the wall...

and squeezed her neck with my hands.


my father...


And he pushed me...


on to the floor.

Did you become an idiot

after that fall, Trudy?


When I fell pregnant,

I was 16.

I didn't have a clue.

My mother said I was a whore,

an embarrassment...

My father instead said I should

have an abortion.

- What happened?

- Good morning, Clara.

How are you feeling?

Yesterday you fainted.

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