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Mid-August Lunch [DVD] 
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A charming and unpretentious tale, Mid-August Lunch is whisper-thin and delicately balanced. The main character, Gianni, played by Di Gregorio himself, is in his 60s but still lives with his mother who is forced to look after three other elderly ladies. On the eve of the mid-summer Italian holiday of Ferragosto, Gianni is approached by building manager Luigi (Alfonso Santagata) and blackmailed into looking after Luigi s mother for two nights in exchange for forgiving certain tenant debts. But when Luigi comes to the apartment, he s brought his aunt Maria (Maria Calì) as well as his mother, Marina (Marina Cacciotti). Soon after, Gianni s doctor friend Marcello (Marcello Ottolenghi) pays a call, asking if he can leave his mother, Grazia (Grazia Cesarini Sforza), for just one night. The four women, each with their own strong personality, prove a handful, but Di Gregorio s approach is true to life, avoiding platitudes or exaggeration as he spins a warm-hearted, humorous saga.
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved this film. It's a very gentle piece that is well written, directed and wonderfully acted by all the cast. The manner in which the son begins to exploit the old ladies, acts as diplomat between, exhausts himself and eventually begins to warm to them is so well presented in such a excellently crafted and beautifully observed manner. It is a very rewarding film, well worth watching.
It is extremely well acted - indeed, there is no visible 'acting' at all ; it all seems to happen quite naturally and is totally convincing. With a light touch, the film explores the reality of old age for the old ladies - the need to compromise when you don't really wish to, the attentions of over-solicitious younger relatives (the doctor), the frustration of physical incapacity and the memory of a time when everything was easier. It is a very Italian film, and one in which food is frequent and important. From beginning to end it is absorbing and, in its unpretentious way, very enjoyable. Warmly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a delightful film, the kind of Sunday afternoon viewing you might enjoy if you just want to let the story wash over you and let the little moments of angst and discomfort... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BB
Touching and humorous, reminds me of Mike Leigh or Ken Loach films, if you like those directors you'll love this onePublished 8 months ago by Liz Adams
A delightful film out of the ordinary, a piece out of real life done with humour and tenderness.Published 11 months ago by Susan
brilliantly played, an easy to watch movie. i love the Italian style of this type of character. admittedly the French do it best, but you become familiar with a lot of their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by fatso bortollo