Adua e le compagne (Adua and Company) (Adua and Her Friends) (Hungry for Love) (Love a la Carte) (1960)

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Movie Info

Four unemployed prostitutes attempt to open a restaurant in this comedy. They look all over Rome for a restaurant they can afford. When they find a ramshackle cafe. The landlord is willing to let them have it; they can even use his name to buy the food license, but he has one condition: they must also run a little cathouse upstairs. Their restaurant becomes quite successful, but when their personal lives intervene, the business threatens to fold. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Runtime:

Cast

Gina Rovere
as Milly
Sandra Milo
as Lolita
Emmanuelle Riva
as Marilina
Claudio Gora
as Ercoli
Ivo Garrani
as Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Adua e le compagne (Adua and Company) (Adua and Her Friends) (Hungry for Love) (Love a la Carte)

All Critics (1)

What really charges up the film is the feeling of accomplishment and ownership as they work their way through each problem and, almost without noticing, create a successful business out of the restaurant.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Parallax View

Piatrangeli was noted as a director of women (sort of an Italian George Cukor, if you can trust Maurizio Porro, who provides a video introduction) and his skills are on full display here.

Full Review… | January 21, 2015
Playback:stl

Worth a look for Simone Signoret's smile and Raro Video's immaculate restoration, but the film itself is pretty inessential.

Full Review… | May 31, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Adua e le compagne (Adua and Company) (Adua and Her Friends) (Hungry for Love) (Love a la Carte)

Adua and her "colleagues" are on their own after their brothel is outlawed. As they struggle to learn a new way of living, they find that society keeps pressuring them to return to their old ways. I haven't been too thrilled with Signoret, but this is a role she was born to play, brassy and bold. The film manages to be quite entertaining, a relative rarity in neo-realism. The jazzy score helps, as does the fine camerawork, but it's really the characters and performances that keep it compelling.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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