The middle-aged marshal Antonio Carotenuto is sent to a remote (fictional) Italian mountain village named Sagliena, to assume his new mandate. The marshal is anxious to marry, and when he meets the young Maria "Frisky" De Ritis he selects her as his bride. Unfortunately Frisky is already secretly in love with Antonio's shy subordinate Roberto Risso. In the meantime Annarella, the midwife, starts demonstrating her love to Antonio, but she's hiding a secret... Gina Lollobrigida and Oscar winner Vittorio De Sica star in one of the absolute masterpieces of Italian cinema. Regarded by many as Gina Lollobrigida's best and most naturalistic performances, Bread, Love and Dreams is the film that catapulted her to international fame. The film itself received an Oscar nomination for best writing and spawned two sequels.