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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
Pané e Tulipani is both very atypical and simple : a woman about 40 years old is on a package holiday with her husband and sons when the bus forgets her in a service station. As she feels angry and disappointed, she decides to go back home on her own. As she hitches to Pescara, the town where she lives, she eventually takes the road to Venice. And here starts her story... She discovers happiness, joy, pleasure again. She realizes that the life she leaded until now was not the one she deserved. This is not a sentimental love story ; this is a "road-movie" full of hilarious events, fine humor, laughable situations which follow naturally. A film about the beauty of life, friendship, love and discovering.
Furthermore, the soundtrack is perfect ; it makes you think of the french "Amelie Poulain" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (music by Yann Tiersen). And last but not least, The characters are very touching. Pané e tulipani is wonderfully performed by the incredible Bruno Ganz, the charming Licia Maglietta and the funny Giuseppe Battiston and Marina Massironi.
A film that you might look at more than once ; this is truly the Italian Bagdad Café.
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