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Pane e tulipani (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 2 November 2001 (USA)
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After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Costantino Caponangeli
Antonio Catania ...
Mimmo Barletta
Felice Andreasi ...
Tatiana Lepore ...
Daniela Piperno ...
Woman in Car
Tiziano Cucchiarelli ...
Matteo Febo ...
Mauro Marino ...
Antonia Miccoli ...
Ludovico Paladin ...


Life is often just "for sake of" and we need to know about it and want to benefit when we are presented with the occasion to. A bit for "sake of", a bit for choice, Rosalba, young and apart from anything a housewife of Pescara, during a bus trip after she found herself alone and...forgotten in a highway café, decides not to wait for her husband and sons to come back to pick her up but instead decides to find her own way home. She is a little offended that she has been forgotten by her family and has been told by her husband to stay put so, rebelling a little she finds herself hitch-hiking direct for Venice. Her adventure in Venice begins meeting strange but fascinating people. Fermo; an anarchistic florist, Grazia; a masseuse and Fernando; a waiter from Iceland that speaks his own language of Italian. Written by <caitlin_leroy@hotmail.com>

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A woman's fairy tale of hope. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language, some sensuality and drug references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pan y tulipanes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,933, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,311,177, 24 February 2002
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Classic Comedy ...
27 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

What comes into mind when we say "classic"? Well, it has to be universal and deep and yet simple. It should appeal beyond the "critics" and reach the critical mass. I can't say if "Bread and Tulips" can be termed as a Classic already ... but it does satisfy all three above mentioned conditions. It is simply put, very universal yet subtle and deep. It builds intriguing moments... that viewer keeps even after the movie ends. How real or logical or practical the story is or is it a fairy tale?

Well, how many times in real life we act logical? The fact that human being is NOT a logical creature and they act per their impulse and dream for their dreams to come true ... this can be categorized as a quite close thing that may happen to someone. Or at least someone may not be disappointed if that happens to her/him. In short, its not a everyday incident. But YES ... it can happen and well, bits and pieces DO happen in life.

Overall it gives a tremendously optimistic view towards life ... I would argue a real inspiring outcome. It portrays a middle aged woman getting close to her real life and real likings when circumstance puts her away from the typical and logical setting in her family. She finds her confidence back, finds friends, finds likings and music ... and finally yes, finds her love. Its a transformation that she goes through ... and none of which is quite "aceptable" or "normal" in our civilized society. But even then, she had to go out of defined way to get that. In that process, this movie creates great shots and moments that builds the environment and confirms it to a classic comedy. Worth watching ... and worth owning.

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