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Directed by: Gianni Di Gregorio

Produced: 2008

Countries & Regions: Italy

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Length: 75 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 7 December 2009

Cat No: ART466DVD

Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): Italian
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Mid-August Lunch

Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio , Valeria De Franciscis , Marina Cacciotti , Maria Cali , Grazia Cesarini Sforza , Alfonso Santagata , Luigi Marchetti , Marchello Ottolenghi , Petre Rosu

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Slice of Italian life comedy, as a middle aged man has to look after four elderly women for a few days. Still living with his ninety year old mother Valeria ( Valeria De Franciscis), Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio) has fallen behind on the rent to landlord Luigi (Alfonso Santagata). Eager to leave on holiday, Luigi suggests a deal - he will wipe the slate clean if Gianni can look after his mother Marina (Marina Cacciotti) for a few days. Gianni reluctantly agrees, but is soon riled when Luigi arrives with his aunt Maria (Maria Cali) as well. Seeing an opportunity, his friend Marcello (Marcello Ottolenghi) soon gets in on the act, dropping off his mother Grazia (Grazia Cesarini Sforza) for a quick break. As Gianni struggles to cater to the needs of the elderly ladies, the diverging views of the four women quickly make his job at hand all the more difficult.

This understated film by Di Gregorio, co-writer of 2008’s Gomorrah, makes for a striking contrast with that gritty underworld exposé.

Gianni cares for his stately ninety-something mother in their cramped Roman apartment and is bribed into hosting three more elderly widows over the Italian religious holiday of Ferragosto. As he listens patiently to the complex details of their dietary restrictions and medicine doses, one might be forgiven for expecting some sort of senior-citizen creche comedy, but Di Gregorio has something more interesting in mind.

Tensions build in the summer heat: one of the women locks herself away, the TV becomes a bone of contention, and personality clashes loom, but the long-suffering Gianni handles everything like a seasoned diplomat, and the women begin to bond. The film’s mostly non-professional cast display a beautiful, slightly bewildered grace, in a story that gives us a view of old age filled with joy, dignity and acceptance.

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