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The Salt of Life (2011)

Gianni e le donne (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 February 2011 (Italy)
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Gianni is a retiree who has become invisible to most everyone around him. In response, he tries his best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life.


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Credited cast:
Giovanni Brandani detto Gianni
La madre di Gianni (as Valeria De Franciscis Bendoni)
Alfonso Santagata ...
l'avvocato Alfonso
Elisabetta Piccolomini ...
La moglie di Gianni
Valéria Cavalli ...
Aylin Prandi ...
Kristina Cepraga ...
Michelangelo Ciminale ...
Teresa Di Gregorio ...
Lilia Silvi ...
Gabriella Sborgi ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisa Alessandro ...
Segretario notario
Cinzia Bernardini ...
Signore del poker
Tommaso Colucci ...
Cocktail acido


Gianni is sixty. He is retired but has not become lazy for all that. In fact he is a helpful fellow who gives a hand to all those who need one: shopping for his wife, walking the pretty neighbor's dog, and so on. Everybody likes Gianni, but is it for the right reasons? Doesn't his wife profit by the situation (she still works so it is only logical that Gianni do all the chores)? Isn't he subject to the excruciating whims of his rich mother?... Sure, everybody LIKES Gianni, but who LOVES him? Agreed, being kind to them, he is the ladies pet, but he does not attract them anymore. That is why, when his macho lawyer friend Alfonso blames him for not having young mistresses "like every other senior Italian male", Gianni, who is beginning to ask himself questions about what it is like to become old, starts chasing dames... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Gianni is back & looking for love...


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11 February 2011 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Gianni et les femmes  »

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$19,176 (USA) (2 March 2012)


$315,307 (USA) (20 July 2012)

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Selected for the Nastro d'argento (Silver Ribbon) 2011. See more »


Follows Mid-August Lunch (2008) See more »


Here Comes Your Man
Lyrics and music by Frank Black
Performed by the Pixies
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Nice, but that's about it.
3 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being someone of a similar age, & in a vaguely similar situation, I felt very sympathetic to the central character. But it just wasn't enough. I love gentle, wry comedy, 50s films such as The Ladykillers being among my favourites, but there was always something else, something more darkly comic & sardonic going on beneath the surface of such films.

This was a pleasant film, but slight in the extreme; full of commonplaces, all performed with a sigh & a shrug of the shoulders, his friend was a stereotype, so were the girls, he seemed to have no real interest in anything. The only thing which made me laugh was the wheel spinning nuns. And I really couldn't see the significance of the ending.

There are worse ways to kill a couple of hours, but life, as the lead character evidently knows, is far too short for that!

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