Four unemployed prostitutes attempt to open a restaurant in this comedy. They look all over Rome for a restaurant they can afford. When they find a ramshackle cafe. The landlord is willing to let them have it; they can even use his name to buy the food license, but he has one condition: they must also run a little cat-house upstairs. Their restaurant becomes quite successful, but when their personal lives intervene, the business threatens to fold.
Among the best new boutique labels for Italian cinema is RARO-VIDEO. My favorite gem to turn up on this label is Adua and Her Friends --Artillery Magazine
Antonio Pietrangeli's Adua and Her Friends (1960), new from Raro Video, seems to straddle the two traditions, combining the moral heart of neorealism with the gimlet eye of commedia. --The New York Times
Adua and Her Friends is ripe for rediscovery, as is Pietrangeli. I look forward to more releases of his films from Raro. --Cinema Sentries