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Salt of Life [DVD]

Gianni Di Gregorio , Valeria De Franciscis , Gianni Di Gergorio    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Alfonso Santagata
  • Directors: Gianni Di Gergorio
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GZKF5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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House husband Gianni has many things to worry about while his retirement slips by doing boring chores for his wife, mother, daughter and pretty neighbour. But romance is not one of them. One day his old friend Alfonso, inspired by his own sexual escapades, decides it s time for Gianni to get a girlfriend and reaquiant himself with some of life s pleasure. Directed by and starring Gianni De Gregorio, this is a delightful comedy featuring the characters from the indie hit Mid-August Lunch .

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Gianni Di Gregorio writes, directs and stars in this bittersweet Italian comedy about the trials and tribulations of growing older. As in his 2008 debut, Mid August Lunch, Di Gregorio plays an alter ego version of himself. Gianni Di Gregorio is a 60-something pensioner who lives with his wife Elisabetta Piccolomini, with whom he has not shared a bed for years, and his daughter Teresa Di Gregorio, a college student who views him with pity and a touch of scorn. Still at the beck and call of his demanding nonagenarian mother Valeria de Franciscis, and placing far too much importance on an ongoing but trivial flirtation he shares with his pretty young neighbour Aylin Prandi, Gianni realises as he passes into his twilight years that - for better or worse - his relationships with women have always dominated his life.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely and rather moving film.. 24 Aug 2011
By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Just saw this today. Lovely film from the director of Mid-August Lunch in which he again plays the leading role - a man turning 60 who feels his life slipping away from him - now he is a man that no-one under 30 really notices. Has the same pace, acute observation, the love of locale and the sense of Italian society as the earlier film (but many more pretty girls!) however maybe not quite the wit and humour. There was one titter and one genuine laugh from the audience so it is not a comedy in the traditional sense. And it is a sadder film too - I won't reveal any of the plot but I left feeling I needed cheering up. But then that might have something to do with my age!

A very entertaining 90 minutes, though, and if I hadn't liked his earlier film so much I would have given it 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gianni and his women 9 Feb 2012
By degrant
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It is a paradox that director/lead Gianni di Gregorio has, with "Mid-August Lunch" and this, "The Salt of Life", found success and acclaim playing a character called Gianni in his sixties for whom life appears to be stagnating or slipping by. "The Salt of Life" has many of the characteristics which made "Mid-August lunch" such a joy - the honesty, warmth, wonderful acting and resonance for many of us. However it is not quite as endearing and lacks one crucial aspect - "Mid-August Lunch" was a loving paean to Rome in all its glory and sun-baked beaut while here the setting of the Roman rione (or district) of Trastevere is less prominent and less celebrated and simply where the characters live.

Despite the similarity of the names of the characters of Gianni and his mother Valeria, the names are everyman names - here Gianni's mother lives in much greater splendour and Gianni is married (just about) and has a daughter. Di Gregorio's hangdog expression is still a delight and the projection for his consistent "virtues and flaws" as an ex says. While the film is quietly political about the situation for young people in Italy today, the real focus is on Gianni and his relationship with his mother, other females and, although less important, his wife and daughter. Gianni is the man for whom no one has a bad word and we will him success and happiness.

Overall, "The Salt of Life" is even more wistful than "Mid August Lunch" and its humour less vivid. While it did not leave as marked an impression as its predecessor, I recommend it strongly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good feel film 21 Aug 2014
By Suzie
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This is a DVD which I would never tire of, warm and full of humour. Not belly laughs but subtle and very believable. Gianni is a great director and actor, love his hang dog expression and his devotion to his cunning elderly mother. Good feel film, would recommend and hope Gianni makes more and continues the tale
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Gianni Di Gregorio. 10 Feb 2014
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In the same style as his previous, the 2008 film 'Mid-August Lunch', Gianni Di Gregorio again directs and takes the principle role. He has cast himself as a dispirited husband in his 50s dominated by his mother in her nineties, stuck in a marriage he does not believe in and wishing for a last-gasp romance. He is unhappy with an anxious look about him on the lookout for potential conquests and always in the background his mother constantly demanding attention. You cannot help but be reminded in some way of a similarity with Silvio Berlusconi. Is this a commentary of the Italian male psyche and the eventual onslaught of old age? Another gentle comedic look at the late stage of life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 9 Jan 2012
By Maggie
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the previous film in this series, Mid-August Lunch, I enjoyed this film but was a little disappointed as I found it less amusing. Gianni and his mother are now part of a larger family, quite different from the first film, so the two films don't actually follow on from each other in that sense. I got used to this and it didn't really matter. Overall, I enjoyed watching this film, I found it entertaining but not as much as the previous film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie 5 Jun 2013
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An interesting movie - nothing of great importance happens, but it is a study in relationships. Well-acted, amusing, and gives a lot of food for thought!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! 21 Nov 2012
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Lifesaver... we missed this in the local theater and have been trying to find a way to see it for a couple months now. Thanks for the prompt shipping and excellent product condition.
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