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Ermanno (Claudio Segaluscio) and Lena (Sandra Drzymalska) are strangers barely out of their teens, bought together in desperation. Lena is seven months pregnant and has travelled from her native Poland to Italy to sell her baby. Ermanno is a blank, feckless drifter charged with posing as the baby’s father until its birth. As cold and calculating as they appear, it’s not long before they reveal conflicting emotions and their grim situation might just inspire real purpose in their lives. This impressive debut feature from Italian writer-director Carlo Sironi is a stylish social commentary that features striking performances from its new leads. MH