L'Amore Difficile (1962)

Genres - Comedy, Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Italy, West Germany  |  
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Romance, sex, and marriage are the themes of this episodic Italian comedy. The first of the four vignettes, "The Women" tells the story of a bored adulterer who feels ignored by his gaggle of mistresses and decides to obsess upon seducing an old conquest one more time. He later inadvertently deflowers a virgin. In "The Serpent" an ignored wife endeavors to get her husband to pay attention to her while they are on a Sicilian holiday by faking an encounter with a poisonous snake. She later pretends that two helpful truck drivers, who picked her up after a breakdown, raped her causing their arrest. Later the husband arrives, explains his wife's behavior and promises to be more mindful of her. In "The Soldier" a soldier attempts to seduce a lovely widow during a train ride. She ignores him until all the other passengers leave then in utter silence makes passionate love. Later when the train reaches its destination, the soldier tries to follow her, but her relatives stop him. She gets into a car and disappears down the road.

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arrest, car, extramarital-affair, holiday, husband, Italy, love, marriage, mistress, on-the-road, passenger, philandering, police, protester, purity, rape, relative, romance, sex, snake, soldier, station, stranded, town, train [locomotive], widow/widower, wife