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Abandoned

Abandoned is a 1955 Italian film set during the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943 during World War II. The film entered the 1955 Venice Film Festival, where it received a special mention. It is the directorial debut of Francesco Maselli. The music was composed by Giovanni Fusco and arranged by Ennio Morricone.

Plot

In the summer of 1943, Countess Luisa and her son Andrea left Milan to escape the bombings and retired to their country villa, where they hosted two of Andrea's peers, his cousin Carlo, the son of a fascist hierarch who fled to Switzerland, and the friend Ferruccio, son of an army officer engaged in war. The three young people pass the time in the dolce far niente, sunbathing along the river, only vaguely aware of the ongoing conflict, thanks to the broadcasts of Radio London. They begin to become aware of the seriousness of the situation when displaced people arrive from the city and Andrea, out of weakness and not out of solidarity, is forced to accept to host some in the villa, to the annoyance of his mother.