The film is choral, but Mariangela Melato can be named the real protagonist because she plays the best role, and she steals our heart as the loser young mother with no place to go, and without any talent to do. She is funny and all she does is tragic. Just in front all Michele's little bourgeois and highbrow media, she is like a volcano, she is the symbol of that post 1968 women.
Michele is missing, his mother, sisters and friends receive by and write letters to him.
Post 1968 society is grey, is sad (colors are ugly), youth is empty, some young man (as Michele) falls in love with violence, it's the age of Terrorism (gli anni di piombo) in Italy, Germany (and Spain).
Another viaggio di fuga: Sicilia
A last try, a road movie
Chaplin's touch on its ending
Aurore Clement's naked. She plays one of the two Michele's sisters.