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Bread and tulips (Pane e tulipani)

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Movie propaganda

Life's little turning points often come in the plainest forms. A casual encounter, a little oversight, a strange coincidence, a twist of fate. When a tour bus leaves without bored housewife and dutiful mother, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta), during a family holiday and not even her husband or children notice until it is too late, she sees an irresistible opportunity for freedom.

Virtually penniless, Rosalba heads for Venice - Venice, the fabulous city of her dreams. Revelling in her new independence, her one-day adventure extends to a few days, then weeks. As her husband hires an amateur detective to track her down, the beauty of Venice, together with her new-found freedom, lead her to romance and self-discovery.

Persons of interest

  • Licia Maglietta .... Rosalba Barletta
  • Bruno Ganz .... Fernando Girasoli
  • Marina Massironi .... Grazia
  • Giuseppe Battiston .... Costantino
  • Felice Andreasi .... Fermo
  • Antonio Catania .... Mimmo Barletta
  • Tiziano Cucchiarelli .... Nic
  • Matteo Febo .... Salvo
  • Silvana Bosi .... Madre Costantino
  • Ludovico Paladin .... Eliseo
  • Doriana Leondeff .... Screenwriter
  • Silvio Soldini .... Screenwriter
  • Silvio Soldini .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ah, romance. If only it wasn't between a beautiful young woman and a dumpy old man. Why not a handsome young man and a dumpy old woman? After a century of feminism it's still a man's world.

Having said that, Bread and tulips is still a lovely, old fashioned romance where people don't have sex on the first date. It's filled with the light of northern Italy (not the golden sunset of For Roseanna but the sunwashed glare of the Adriatic) that inspired thousands of artists through the Renaissance and the deep cultural echoes that draw people there even today. for a more culinary simile, it's like eating freshly baked, crusty panini with your spaghetti napolitana.

Licia is a nicely downtrodden housewife (think Shirley Valentine) but she's never allowed to break out of that mundaneity to become something more. In the end, she has swapped one marriage for another, even if it does have somewhat more romance. How about a woman who finds that she needs no-one but herself? I suppose that one day they'll make a film like that, but I'm not holding his breath.

Easily worth the price of hirage, but only if you like this sort of film.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Languages: Italian
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Stars
    • Galleries: Photo album
    • Trailers: Theatrical, USA
  • Subtitles: Australian English

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 January 2001 - Melbourne, Sydney
Film: 19 February 2001 - Perth International Arts Festival
DVD rental: 4 December 2002
VHS rental: 4 December 2002

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