Bread And Tulips (2000)

SILVIO SOLDINI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

Original title:  Pane E Tulipani

Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Monogatari, Istituto Luce, Rai Cinema, Amka Films Productions, Televisione Svizzera Italiana.  Story and Screenplay by Silvio Soldini, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Lovely Italian film about a bored housewife who rediscovers herself by accident. After being mistakenly abandoned at a rest stop while on vacation with her family, Rosalba () takes advantage of the opportunity to not be taken for granted by her husband and two sons for a few days and hitches a ride to Venice. There, she gets a job as a florist, moves into the apartment of a surly but kind Icelandic waiter () and befriends the masseuse next door. It’s not a plot that is foreign to fans of Almodovar, Douglas Sirk or such films as Danzon, but Maglietta’s delicately beautiful performance and the quiet, easy pace make it a pleasure to watch despite its familiarity. Venice looks gorgeous, and watching our heroine learn to smile with progressive boldness until she shines in the conclusion is a treat.

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