a bittersweet romance between a french convict on the run, and a fiery italian waitress unfolds against the backdrop of postwar italy. an extremely hard film to find - i had to watch it with belgian subtitles run through the google translator. the film is notable for winning the best foreign film oscar, and for uniting major stars of france and italy, jean gabin (grand illusion, daybreak) and isa miranda. beautifully shot, and a bit melodramatic, the chemistry of the two megastars sells the story. rene clement would later go on to direct the harrowing 'forbidden games.' a curiosity for completists, but all parties involved have produced other, more notable work.