Francesca (Doris Dowling) and Walter (Vittorio Gassman) are a criminally inclined couple who accidentally part ways while on the run from the law. Luckily, Francesca falls in with a group of peasant women and opts to hide out among them as they toil in the rice fields of the Po Valley. To her surprise, in her cover she discovers a simple but satisfying life filled with hard work and friendship. So when Walter resurfaces, their reunion doesn't go quite as he had expected.
Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Producer: Dino De Laurentiis
Cast: Silvana Mangano, Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Raf Vallone, Checco Rissone, Nico Pepe, Maria Grazia Francia, Mariemma Bardi, Adriana Sivieri, Lia Corelli, Dedi Ristori, Anna Maestri, Maria Capuzzo, Isabella Zennaro and Carlo Mazzarella