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Bread & Tulips (2000) DVD - All Region (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible) Written and directed by Silvio Soldini. Starring Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz...

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00488CX5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Silvio Soldini's 2000 Italian drama/romance/comedy (original Italian title 'Pane e Tulipani') starring Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz. Region Free DVD - plays on all DVD players worldwide. Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 sound with optional English or Korean subtitles only. Case (as pictured) displays English and Korean text, with film synopsis Korean. English DVD menu.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 13 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
This delightful Italian comedy, shows how Rosalba, an Italian hosewife, taken for granted by her family, who has lived her whole life in Pescara, Italy ... takes a vacation from them all to visit Venice, Italy. There she begins a new life with a zany group of characters who become her friends. She finds pleasure in simple everday life activities. She takes joy in spontaneously responding to the new experiences this vacation has opened for her. She meets a waiter, who provides her with a room to stay in when her funds are low. She gets a job in a florist's shop, where the owner is an eccentric old gentleman who has the habit of discussing anarchy. She rekindles her musical talent after discovering an accordion ... Rosalba is accepted for who she is by her new cohorts. In this environment, Rosalba compares her old constrained stifling life with her recently discovered freedom. The question is, will Rosalba give up her freedom, now that she has experienced independence?

The film begins as a tour guide describes ancient Roman ruins and explains in lyrical verse how the Greeks and Italians intermarried and essentially began Western civilization, the group is provided a snack break. Rosalba is inadvertently left behind when she visits the ladies restroom where she accidentally drops her ring in the toilet. After fishing out the ring with a bit of difficulty, she steps out only to discover the tour bus driving off - without her. She telephones her husband Mimmo who berates her for getting lost. This reaction on his part, gives her the spontaneous impetus to take a vacation on her own from her former life. The viewer can sense the birth of this plan as Rosalba hitches a ride with two unusual characters ...
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2004
Format: DVD
I have now seen this film twice and have recently managed to find it on DVD. It is the most amazing film. Tender witty and compelling with a good mixture of comedy and saddness. It keeps the viewer spell bond from the beginning to the end. It is the story of a middle aged women who at the beginning of the film is on a family holiday with her husband two sons and other members of the family. Then after being left at a motorway cafe by mistake her adventures begin.
The actors take you on this magical trip. It doesn't seem to matter that it is in Italian although it is subtitled.
It is a must and I am very surprised that this film has never been on general release here.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gail M. Whyte on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
This story of a housewife who feels she's been taken for granted for too long is a gem. With a new life in venice, the wonderful Bruno Ganz as a new friend and the bumbling private eye/cum plumber, it's a pure joy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Coupe on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
If you believe it is never too late to be what you might have been, this is the film for you. Saw it in the theater a decade ago, then bought it over the holidays for our little film library. Loved it as much the second time. Good, old fashioned, love story told with humor and tenderness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Treena B. on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is magic - so much tenderness mingled with the comedy. In fact, it's much more than a comedy, given the story of a woman who manages to break away from her domestic prison and rebuild her life. Such a subtle understanding of women's needs. The two leading actors give touching performances. No surprise from Bruno Ganz, who is one of the greats, but Licia Maglietta was unknown to me and she is just as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr René Codoni on 9 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Italy has always produced more comedies than other film categories, and not only since not all roles in the traditional Commedia d'Arte are comical, it has used a wide variety of actors and actresses - very often also ones we know from serious roles, like Antonioni's icon Monica Vitti. Here, the surprise is not la Vitti, but Bruno Ganz, Zurich actor with an Italian mother. Known as top actor internationally from Berlin's Schaubuehne am Halleschen Ufer, Ganz has more recently also become an actor in international films.
In this award-winning 2000 romance directed by Italian Director Silvio Soldini - the film was an official selection at numerous international film festivals, including Cannes and Toronto - he is starring opposite the internationally unknown Licia Maglietta, a natural acting talent herself, in the role of an Italian housewife. Maglietta finds herself stranded during a family bus vacation stop. Instead of waiting for her domineering plumbing business husband to get her back, she hitchhikes to Venice, an old dream, on her way home to the upper Po town of Piazenza.
Well, neither initially nor in the long run, the return home works out, but through a turbulent series of coincidences, Maglietta finds accommodation with restaurant maitre d' Fernando Girasole (Ganz), and then a job in a flower shop, and quite obviously starts to enjoy her new life. Through an applicant plumber turned into private detective, Maglietta's husband uncanningly opens a second parallel love affair, and rather than getting his wife back, loses wife and plumber to Vernezian lovers. Awards: 5 Nastro d'Argento and 9 David di Donatello. Rightly so!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a wry, witty Italian comedy with a underlying radical message I don't think the Vatican would approve. Licia Malietta stars as Rosalba Barletta a woman not enamored with either her macho, inconsiderate husband Mimmo Barletta (Antonio Catania) or her life as a housewife. On a vacation she is accidentally left behind in Venice, and then on a whim decides to stay for awhile. She needs to breathe free from the domination of her husband who sees her only as an asset and doesn't love her. Indeed he has a mistress.

What she finds in Venice are new warm friends and a certain man, Fernando Girasoli (played with sly finesse by veteran Swiss-born actor Bruno Ganz), who speaks in poetic phrases but wants to hang himself. She also rediscovers a delight in life and the freedom to be herself and do what she wants to do, which includes playing the accordion and reading Mark Twain in bed. She finds a job in a flower shop, a small room, makes friends with the masseuse next door and feels alive for the first time in ages.

Her husband sends a plumber he is about to hire to play detective, find her and bring her back, resulting in some light comedic episodes enriched by off-beat characters.

Malietta is very winning in the part and certainly will serve as a heroine for frustrated housewives everywhere. Her desire is not for a fling or for physical thrills, rather her desire is to find herself as herself apart from her identification as wife and mother.

I have hinted above at her eventual choice, but you will have to see this warm-hearted romantic comedy for yourself to find out what she chooses and why.
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