A Brief Vacation (1973)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Clara, diagnosed with tubercolosis, is treated in a sanatorium in the Alps, where she can finally take a break from her miserable life.


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25 December 2012 | hollywoodshack
| Compelling, thoughtful entertainment
Florinda Balkan stars as a factory worker battered by her crippled husband who discovers she has lung disease and is send on medical leave to a TB resort in the mountains for treatment. Here she is romanced by a handsome patient from a nearby facility and develops close friendships with her roommates, sharing their triumphs and disappointments while they battle with fates of mortality. The great irony results in that she is cured, but ruined by the fact she must return to her factory work and poor, abusive family. Fans of Bette Davis (Jezebel) and Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) will enjoy her portrayal of a strong tragic heroine. I must admit scenes with her abusive husband and fellow TB patients are quite hard-hitting, but worth enduring to see the powerful finale.

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Release Date:

9 February 1975



Country of Origin

Italy, Spain

Filming Locations

Milan, Lombardia, Italy

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