Thursday 16 November
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Domenico and Antonietta are two suburban Italians searching for “a job for life” from a big city corporation. After a bizarre screening process made up of written exams, physical agility exercises, and interview questions such as “Do you drink to forget your troubles?”, they get menial jobs. The film ends as Domenico ponders his fate from behind his tiny desk at the back of the small windowless room, listening to the sound of the mimeograph machine as it runs off carbon copies next to the manager’s desk.
“A long-standing favourite with those who have been lucky enough to see it. Its innocent young hero from the Milan suburbs gets a job as a junior clerk in a big company in the city, and Olmi’s wonderfully observant and sensitive record of his experiences – and his shy romance with a sweet co-worker – charts the pointlessness and boredom of the world of modern corporate work with a fine, sympathetic balance of the grotesquely sad and the ruefully comic. It’s a brilliant, lovable piece of work. ” Philip Horne, Telegraph
Director: Ermanno Olmi
Italy 93 minutes Cert U
We say: Nominated by Paul, our film expert, who feels that this film by the great Italian social realist Ermanno Olmi deserves to be better known.