School Ties
Starring: Nino Manfredi, Anna Karina
Director: Franco Brusati
Year of release: 1974
Country: Italy
Screen shots

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Plot summary
Nino is an Italian living alone in Switzerland trying to make enough money to send for his wife and children. After a series of low paying, manual labor jobs, he finds himself working in a Swiss restaurant, vying with the "Turk" for a permanent waiter position.

Naturally, several events conspire which cause his bosses to release him from his job, thus sending Nino into a downward spiral as he struggles valiantly to retain his dignity as well as finding a way to regain his working papers, without which he must leave Switzerland and return to Italy, a failure.

Rowing info
Man rowing a hire type skiffing boat (badly) at the very start and a very distant shot of a scull rowing across lake Geneva abour half way into the film.

Blink and you will miss it..
(Quit a funy film though - if you don't mind subtitles)

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