Bread & Tulips (2000) (RC)
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The winner of 9 Donatello Awards (the Italian Academy Awards), Bread and Tulips (Pane e Tulipani) tells the charming tale of love re-found. Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) is a bored housewife who lives on the Adriatic Coast. On the family's small annual holiday, she is left behind at the rest stop as the tour bus hurries to its next destination. Furious, she decides to hitchhike home to punish her indifferent husband Mimmo and their two sons. One ride leads to another, and eventually Rosalba finds herself in Venice.
Entranced by the city, she decides to stay longer and quickly befriends an odd but loveable collection of locals including Fernando (Bruno Ganz), a melancholic waiter from Iceland who speaks in flowery epic verse. In the meantime, Mimmo is at his wit's end since his mistress refuses to iron his shirts. He dispatches Constantino (Giuseppe Battiston), an out of work plumber who reads detective fiction, to find his errant wife. Will Rosalba return to her suppressed life with Mimmo or will she decide to stay in Venice and, perhaps for the first time, start living for herself? -- (C) Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2000, Italy/Switzerland.
Starring Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi, Bruno Ganz.
Genre/Subject: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
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