A surprising and unique Totò, giving a more nuanced and realistic but equally formidable performance
This film by the always-reliable Mario Mattoli, gives us a chance to see as side of Totò we have rarely seen before, allowing us to be surprised by the formidable range of his talents. More nuanced and more realistic. Less stage performer and less unstoppable gag-machine. Struggling with old age and the impending shadow of death, all he desires is to live out his final years in peace and quiet with the woman he loves regardless of her attractiveness (she is played by Ave Ninchi, and wonderful would be a good word to describe her). Totò does not entirely renounce his ingenious verbal excesses (with some previously unheard attempts at the Tuscan dialect. After all, he plays a Neapolitan who has lived in Florence for 25 years), but does so with sobriety and reserve, making this film a one of a kind.
A widower and a widow get married. For a variety of selfish reason, their grandchildren maliciously try to split them up, but they will not succeed.