Synopsis: The film is based on Cesare Pavese’s novel “Tra donne sole”. It is Antonioni’s fourth feature film, and for the first time, the director was inspired by a literary work. An acute investigation on the bourgeois word, empty and lacking in ideals, made by Antonioni through a gallery of female characters and their anxieties. There is no real friendship or love between these women -‘false friends’-, tied by cold formal relationships inhibiting any intimacy or affection. And relations with men are not better: men are indifferent and egoistic.
The film was shot on location in Turin, Piemonte, Italy. Le amiche received the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion award in 1955, and the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon Award for Best Director (Michelangelo Antonioni) and Best Supporting Actress (Valentina Cortese).
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi, and Valentina Cortese
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