Bertille (Giuletta Masina) has a lovely home in the French countryside -- and plenty of grab-happy children and relatives who want a piece of the inheritance they expect from her. That's why, even though she's not their favorite relative (nor they hers) they all appear at one final reunion on the estate before she sells it. However, truth will out, and in little ways and large ones, the disagreeable relatives show cracks in their "let's make nice" facade. Meanwhile, Bertille is hoping that her youngest son might appear, since the event was advertised in the local papers. He has been in prison for the past dozen or so years on a bank-robbery charge.
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