Traffic Jam (film)

Traffic Jam (Italian: L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile) is a 1979 Italian satirical comedy-drama film directed by Luigi Comencini.[1] It was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film, although uncredited, is based on the 1966 short story "L'Autoroute du sud" by Julio Cortázar.[3]

Traffic Jam
Film poster
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Written byLuigi Comencini
Ruggero Maccari
Bernardino Zapponi
Based onL'Autoroute du sud
by Julio Cortázar (uncredited)
Produced byAnna Maria Clementelli
Silvio Clementelli
Michael Fengler
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byNino Baragli
Music byFiorenzo Carpi
Release date
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12)
Running time
121 minutes


In a main thoroughfare on the outskirts of Rome, thousands of motorists are stuck in terrible traffic jam for twenty-four hours. In a stretch of road there is a variety of characters whose behaviour becomes strange. There is a selfish and hypocritical entrepreneur in a luxury car; a young hippie girl harassed and then raped by some dandies and a family from Naples on the way to Rome to abort their daughter.

The day the traffic jam clears, the entrepreneur hires the girl from Naples for a record company in exchange for a sexual service. The girl is raped and then comforted by a man who wants to avenge her but then gives up. The rapists leave quietly once more.



  1. ^ "NY Times: Traffic Jam". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Traffic Jam". Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  3. ^ Cento anni dalla nascita di Luigi Comencini, 5 film da non perdere e l'omaggio di Sky- (in Italian)

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