*** (out of four)
A well intended and nicely acted drama that mostly centers around two very different people and the way the perceive each other based on their limited impressions.
Sophia Loren plays a housewife, whose facist husband has taken the kids to a Mussolini/Hitler rally. She stays home where she meets the man (Marcello Mastrianni) who lives across the building from her. She is intrigued and reaches out to him, but his own demons keep him from embracing her.
Mastrianni was up for an Oscar, but it is Loren who steals the show with her vivacious, yet vulnerable and depressive portrait of a woman who will risk her life for a moment of happiness.