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on 10 February 2014
This is a gentle Italian comedy ('Pranzo di Ferragosto' in Italian) from 2008, set in the old Roman district of Trastevere at the height of summer on the eve of Ferragosto (the annual celebration on 15th August of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary). Centred around Gianni, a bachelor in his late 50s who does not work, as he cares for his 90-year-old widowed mother full time. As he does not have very much money, he is persuaded to take in Alfredo's mother (the accountant that looks after the block of flats) for the 'festa' in payment for his debts (rent and household bills) and unbeknownst to him Alfredo's Aunt as well, whilst Alfredo swans off with a young blonde for the holiday. This just the start of Gianni's visitors which have long lasting consequences. It is a charming observation of what happens when people are put together in a cramped environment and how they cope. Recommended for a gentle and cultural evening.
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