Traffic Jam (film)

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Traffic Jam
Film poster
Directed by Luigi Comencini
Produced by Anna Maria Clementelli
Silvio Clementelli
Michael Fengler
Written by Luigi Comencini
Ruggero Maccari
Bernardino Zapponi
Starring Annie Girardot
Music by Fiorenzo Carpi
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
Edited by Nino Baragli
Release date
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12)
Running time
121 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Traffic Jam (Italian: L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile) is a 1979 Italian satirical comedy-drama film directed by Luigi Comencini.[1] It was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


In a main thoroughfare on the outskirts of Rome, thousands of motorists are stuck in terrible traffic jam for twenty-four hours. In a stretch of road there is a variety of characters whose behaviour becomes strange. There is a selfish and hypocritical entrepreneur in a luxury car; a young hippie girl harassed and then raped by some dandies and a family from Naples on the way to Rome to abort their daughter.

The day the traffic jam clears, the entrepreneur hires the girl from Naples for a record company in exchange for a sexual service. The girl is raped and then comforted by a man who wants to avenge her but then gives up. The rapists leave quietly once more.



  1. ^ "NY Times: Traffic Jam". NY Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Traffic Jam". Retrieved 24 May 2009. 

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