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, Doriana Leondeff. Cinematography by Luca Bigazzi. Produced by Daniele Maggioni. Music by Giovanni Venosta. Production Design by Paola Bizzarri. Costume Design by Silvia Nebiolo. Film Editing by Carlotta Cristiani. 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 (Licia Maglietta) 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 (Bruno Ganz) 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.