Italy, 1907. Beauty shop worker Ida Dalser (Mezzogiorno) falls for union activist Benito Mussolini (Timi). The couple marry but, as Mussolini switches his political tack from socialism to fascism, Ida learns that her husband has re-married and started a campaign to deny her very existence.
An occasionally exhilarating retelling of a fascinating, little-known story. And how Mezzogiorno missed awards consideration is a mystery.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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