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


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2 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Pan y tulipanes  »

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


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

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An Italian "Educating Rita"
29 December 2002 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Maybe you have to be Italian to really understand. But this is a delightfully funny picture with moments of tenderness and pathos, a quintessentially Italian approach to the bored housewife story. It's also a wonderful view of Venice from an Italian perspective. It's a bit of a fantasy, a bit of a fem-flick, a bit of a travelogue. I've been to Italy several times. This movie makes me want to go back again. Bravissimo!

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