I was looking to review a foreign language film and I found this Italian film: Bread & Tulips (Pane e tulipani). I did not realize how old this movie was until I saw the cell phones that they were using! Oh, and don’t worry, the movie comes with subtitles on Netflix.
A bored housewife, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) is on a trip in Greece with her family and gets left behind by their tourist bus. She decides to wait for her family to come and fetch her but in turn they get stood up by her! Thinking that she would back go to a quiet house, she hitchhikes a ride back home and get her alone time before her family arrives. And now you can see a pattern: she ditches that idea too and lands in Venice!
As she looks for a place to stay she meets Fernando (Bruno Ganz) at a restaurant and becomes a guest at his house. She meets her neighbor, Grazia (Marina Massironi) a fun massage therapist who becomes her best friend in town. The film picks up some pace when her husband sends Constantino (Giuseppe Battiston) to look her.
The movie is filled with a series of random fun events and is great for the eyes as it’s set in Venice. If it hadn’t been for that, I would have found it just long and boring. It’s not a story that you haven’t heard of before, so don’t watch the movie expecting something surprising.
A good pick for the die hard romantics, the ones who are head over heels in love with Venice and those who love some soothing Italian music. Others, it’s not for you.
My rating: 2.5/5 (I had to deduct 0.5 for the length)
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