Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto, all will be forgiven…
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The films I enjoy most on MUBI are the ones that are people based, fictional or nonfictional, where I am placed inside of a culture for a couple of hours. I really enjoyed the every day feel of this as well as the gracious characters and seeing the food.
A sweet, charming film with marvelous little (in a good way) performances. Fells like you just dropped in for a visit and happened to catch Gianni in the midst of patiently placating his family and neighbors and working out a series of mini-crises.
watched it by chance last summer and couldn't be more glad!
entertaining, charming and inspired in its traditional humor.
the elderly characters are all just great here and gianni di gregorio carries the straight man role perfectly.
I felt I was actually there watching everything in person. This warm film, effortlessly put a smile on my face with nothing but exceptional performances from the whole cast and very candid photography from the handheld camera. A quirky story about a man that has keeps his smile up no matter what and a bunch of old ladies that just crave to be wanted.
Delightful and funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking. A strange mix of absurd comedy and dark drama where the edges are just rough enough to suggest a deep darkness lurking under the busy surface. A high-wire act of tone that the movie pulls off beautifully. Strongly recommended.