A Brief Vacation

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").

Una breve vacanza
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Directed byVittorio de Sica
Produced byArthur Cohn
Written byCesare Zavattini
StarringFlorinda Bolkan
Renato Salvatori
Daniel Quenaud
Hugo Blanco
Music byManuel De Sica
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byFranco Arcalli
Distributed byAllied Artists (US)
Release date
  • 9 February 1975 (1975-02-09) (USA)
Running time
106 minutes

Plot synopsis

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.


Critical reception

The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the U.S. National Board of Review.[1]


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