Marcello Mastroianni and Giancarlo Giannini star as a bricklayer and a pizza chef trapped in a love triangle and nearly driven mad by jealousy. Oreste, a married man of 45, falls in love with a young girl, Adelaide, a flower peddler from a local cemetery. However she cannot make her choice between Oreste and the other man, much younger than him. To solve the problem the two move in with the same woman in this dark romantic comedy. Oreste's passion and jealousy grows so much that it ends tragically for Adelaide.