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Mid-August Lunch (2008)

Pranzo di ferragosto (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 September 2008 (Italy)
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Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly... See full summary »

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Gianni Di Gregorio

Writers:

Gianni Di Gregorio (story), Simone Riccardini (story) | 1 more credit »
15 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Valeria De Franciscis ... Madre di Gianni
Marina Cacciotti ... Marina - la madre di Luigi
Maria Calì Maria Calì ... Maria
Grazia Cesarini Sforza Grazia Cesarini Sforza ... Grazia
Alfonso Santagata Alfonso Santagata ... Alfonso
Luigi Marchetti Luigi Marchetti ... Vichingo
Biagio Ursitti Biagio Ursitti ... Luigi
Petre Rosu Petre Rosu ... Barbone
Gianni Di Gregorio ... Gianni
Marcello Ottolenghi Marcello Ottolenghi ... Amico dottore
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Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities'. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That's when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni's door in the most unexpected way. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Here Comes Your Man
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Performed by Pixies (uncredited)
(P) 1997 Licensed courtesy of 4AD Ltd
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Ltd
© Rice and Beans Music
Edizioni per l'Italia : Universal/MCA Music Italy Srl
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Like visiting your aunt's for tea
10 October 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

This gentle movie, about a middle-aged man left caring for some elderly relatives (and non-relatives) during a public holiday, is notable for some fine performances from a truly aged cast; at least one member was 94 when the film was made. It's quite perceptive about the way that old people interact; and it's younger male lead (played by the writer and director) is also shrewdly drawn. What there isn't is any real plot beyond the set-up: there's almost unlimited potential for disaster here, but none of it ultimately happens. The result is mild, in places amusing, but something short of riveting: rather like visiting an elderly aunt's for tea.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ferragosto Dinner See more »

Filming Locations:

Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Budget:

EUR500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,090, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$675,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,524,517
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1.85 : 1
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