Directed by: Gianni Di Gregorio
Countries & Regions: Italy
Region: Region 2
Released: 5 December 2011
Cat No: ART566DVD
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Salt of Life
Cast: Valeria Cavalli , Gianni Di Gregorio , Valeria De Franciscis , Alfonso Santagata , Elisabetta Piccolomini , Aylin Prandi , Kristina Cepraga , Michelangelo Ciminale , Teresa Di Gregorio , Lilia Silvi , Gabriella Sborgi , Laura Squizzato
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Gianni Di Gregorio writes, directs and stars in this bittersweet Italian comedy about the trials and tribulations of growing older. As in... Read More
Di Gregorio’s dazzling debut Mid-August Lunch charmed the critics and was a sleeper success but the question was, could his next film measure up? Rest assured it does and perhaps it’s no surprise since Di Gregorio is no ordinary director: it took the tenacious 62-year-old Roman eight years to realise Mid-August Lunch after a lifetime treading the Italian boards.
Salt of Life returns him centre stage to Rome’s colourful Trastevere quarter in another taut comedy of family manners. Again he plays a put-upon character called Gianni contending with his extravagant mother (the 95-year-old Valeria De Franciscis, upstaging her unforgettable performance in Mid-August Lunch). This time round he’s also living with a disapproving wife and daughter and, egged on by family lawyer (Alfonso Santagata), he spends most of the film in a desperate late middle-aged search for romance.
Never more than hair’s breadth from hilarious, Di Gregorio’s masterful performance – reminiscent of Jacques Tati and Nanni Moretti – is aided by deft cinematographer Gogò Bianchi (filming in tiny interiors) and a wry soundtrack conjured up by Ratchev and Carratello.