A Brief Vacation

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Una breve vacanza
US Poster
Directed by Vittorio de Sica
Produced by Arthur Cohn
Written by Cesare Zavattini
Starring Florinda Bolkan
Renato Salvatori
Daniel Quenaud
Hugo Blanco
Music by Manuel De Sica
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
Edited by Franco Arcalli
Distributed by Allied Artists (US)
Release date
  • 9 February 1975 (1975-02-09) (USA)
Running time
106 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

A Brief Vacation (Italian: Una breve vacanza) is a 1973 Italian melodrama directed by Vittorio de Sica. The script, written by Cesare Zavattini, was inspired by an Apollinaire adage ("Sickness is the vacation of the poor").


The film concerns a female factory worker from Calabria who falls ill on the job and is prescribed a stay at a mountain retreat. She goes despite her husband's wishes, leaving behind her thankless work shift and her frustrating in-laws, but also her three children. The film addresses issues such as the health care system, labor conditions, spousal satisfaction, and class struggle.


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