Bread and Tulips (2000)
"Pane e tulipani" (original title)

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:
Antonio Catania ...
Felice Andreasi ...
Vitalba Andrea ...
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 <>

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A day trip just to get away is the starting point of a new life. See more »


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


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2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pan y tulipanes  »

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Opening Weekend:

$32,933 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$5,311,177 (USA) (22 February 2002)

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The poem that Fernando recites is "Orlando Furioso" by Ludovico Ariosto. See more »


Fernando: I felt my phoenix rise from the ashes.
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Written by B. Valli and G. Venosta
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Best movie I've ever seen
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I don't generally go for love stories, but this is absolutely riveting. It IS sort of a fairy tale, as they say-- but more than this, it's well-written, beautifully set and properly cast. The protagonist is a woman who strays accidentally (?) from her tour group and finds her place in the older, almost bohemian district of Venice. Her new friends are quirky but endearing from the start, and she lives cozily in the center of this artistic enclave. All of this contrasts so well with the suburban drudgery she left behind-- it's as though she'd spent half of her life marking time in a world with which she felt no connection. It's not a story of angst or alienation-- just everyday people, creating for themselves the lives they were meant to lead.

I've watched the DVD dozens of times, where I barely make it halfway through most fictional flicks. Not a single scene is wasted. If I had to select one film for my very highest recommendation, this would be the one!

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