I tried to read Cesare Pavese’s short novel, Among Women Only, but decided it was not for me. The film adaptation by Michelangelo Antonioni, from 1955, however, is a very enjoyable human-condition piece. Le Amiche (The Girl Friends) is Antonioni’s title for the film, and beautiful girl friends they are.
After a suicide attempt, Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer), who is emotionally weak, is encouraged by her friend Momina (Yvonne Furneaux), cynical and corrupt, to pursue the engaged man with whom she has fallen in love. This is Lorenzo (Gabriele Ferzetti), a moral failure who knows he must prove his love for his devoted wife-to-be, Nene. Rosetta is a moral failure too, one no longer able to bear life. A strong examination of unrequited love, Le Amiche is obviously sad. Earnest and savvy too.