A galvanic, profound, and often shocking film about family ties. At the dawn of the 20th century, a professor and his wife bear a child. But the wife cannot supply milk - or even love - to the child. So the professor hires an illiterate country girl as wetnurse and nanny. An explosive situation develops between the professor, the mother, the nanny, and the child. Dorected by Marco Bellocchio; stars Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, and Jacqueline Lustig.