AKA: Sick Love; The Pink House
Directed by: Eriprando Visconti
Starring: Jimmy Briscoe (Marcello), Nathalie Nell (Maria), Antonio Marsina (Cesare), David Brandon (Major), Serena Grandi (Dora)
Country: Italy, Effed Up European Films
Language: English (Dubbed), Effed Up Italian Movies
Genres: Prostitutes, Military
Plot – Spoilers:
A melancholic tale of a small man who tries to be dignified in the face of subtle and blatant ridicule.
Marcello is a dwarf whose wealthy father was ashamed of him for years. Now with World War I on, Marcello is free to mingle with the wounded soldiers who lie sprawled in his estate that’s been requisitioned.
Marcello doesn’t have much expectations from the women who find it easy to look down on him, and the best he hopes for, is to lie on their breasts and ask them to put him to sleep.
The masculine soldiers though, enamour Marcello, and he considers it a matter of pride that one of them, Cesare, might even be his friend. Cesare introduces him to Maria, a prostitute at the local brothel, and Marcello struggles to dare that she might even fancy him.
After an embarrassing first-time at the brothel, Marcello tries to walk away with dignity, but has to contend with the indignity of wading through a flock of sheep and a barking dog.