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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

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Gianni Di Gregorio (story), Simone Riccardini (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,090, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$675,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,386,928
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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MID-AUGUST LUNCH dishes up "slice of life" humor.
8 July 2010 | by reelinspirationSee all my reviews

The cliché of the Italian bachelor living at home with a doting mother who waits on him and prepares his favorite meals is turned on it's head in the delicious Italian treat, "Mid-August Lunch." In this film, unemployed fifty-ish bachelor Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio) shows respect for his ninety-something mother by taking good care of her and lovingly preparing their meals.

The small family has been living off of credit for some time and is months behind on their maintenance and electric bills for their ancient apartment. The landlord is willing to forgive the dept if they take in his mother so he can get away for the Mid-August holiday. The landlord drops off his mother AND his aunt. And soon the doctor's mother joins the mix. So Gianni must survive the weekend playing good host to four strong-willed shut-ins. What impressed me most was how he never loses his manners but treats these woman with the respect earned by those who have reached a certain age.

This is a film about the joys of entertaining. It illustrates the isolation that comes with aging and our continued need to socialize. There is an Italian saying, "A tavola no s'invecchia," that articulates the theme perfectly, "The passage of time is suspended with experiencing the pleasure of good food, good wine and company."

"Mid-August Lunch" dishes up "slice of life" humor with simple, authentic Italian flavors like those in the perch with potatoes, oregano and rosemary lovingly served at the holiday feast.

Movie Blessings! Jana Segal, Reel Inspiration


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