Science fiction often enables artists to explore social trends without being hindered by the limitations of current reality, and this Italian film does just that. It explores the meaning and consequences of the total automation of manufacturing. In this film, N.P. (Francesco Rabal) is an industrialist who has developed a technique for total automation. The powers-that-be have no intention of seeing this technique implemented by him, so he is kidnapped and deprived of his memory. He is then given into the care of a working-class family and develops a new identity in this new setting. He becomes a political activist, seeking a fair settlement for workers displaced by automation. This otherwise straightforward film has a surrealistic ending which may displease some viewers.
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