Bitter Rice ★★★★

Every year, the rice farmers of the Po Valley in northern Italy hire female workers to plant, nurture, and harvest their crop. Among the current year’s rice workers are Doris Dowling, the girlfriend of thief Vittorio Gassman, and Silvana Mangano, courted by soldier Raf Vallone. After Gassman begins to hang around the camp, the hopes and plans of these four people begin to intersect dangerously.

An example of Italian neo-realism, the story is set in the countryside rather than the city, and thus lacks the typical shots of urban devastation. Vittorio Gassman, who was equally effective at comedy and drama, has a flashy role as a narcissistic low-life.