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  • Summary: After many years, aristocratically nostrilled Eleonora Rossi-Drago has returned to Torino to open a branch of a Roman fashion salon, but the day she arrives begins badly when apparent suicide Madeleine Fischer is discovered in the next hotel room, and work on the salon is hopelessly behind schedule thanks to playboy architect Franco Fabrizi. But Fabrizi’s young blue-collar assistant is immediately simpatico, and Fischer’s cynical, buttinsky “best friend” Yvonne Furneaux introduces her into the local social circle: successful ceramic artist Valentina Cortese, recently married but already doubting her husband; unsuccessful painter Gabriele Ferzetti; frivolous Annamaria Pancani; mutual friend Fabrizi; and the resuscitated Fischer herself. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. 90
    Excavated from the deep '50s, Michelangelo Antonioni's Le amiche (known in English as "The Girlfriends") is an unexpected treasure.
  2. 80
    What makes Le Amiche so bracing -- so sad and, sometimes, so funny -- is that its heroines are fallible, flawed, vain and powerful, each in her own way. They often make one another miserable, but their company is always a pleasure.
  3. 80
    It’s a trial run that puts many of his peers’ masterpieces to shame.