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Bread and Tulips (2000)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 18

Bread and Tulips is a sweet-natured comedy offering gentle, escapist entertainment.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 6

Bread and Tulips is a sweet-natured comedy offering gentle, escapist entertainment.



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Silvio Soldino directs this gentle comedy about a housewife who temporarily flees from the grinding tedium of her household duties and drifts into a world of amicable weirdos. When Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) is accidentally forgotten by her tour bus at a roadside restaurant, she does not wait there as instructed. She decides to hitchhike home, but on a whim, she ends up in Venice instead. Quietly exhilarated at the prospect of being alone for a spell, she checks into an inn run by a kindly yet

Mar 26, 2002


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Although Maglietta's appealing as Rosalba, cowriter and director Silvio Scoldini's movie is a little too shopworn and pokey to be more than a respectable European diversion.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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It's almost as if Solidini ... figured that all he had to do was put a crowd of eccentric characters together and magic would occur.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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As for star Licia Maglietta, the appeal of the film is nearly all in her presence.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Um filme charmoso e cativante.

June 7, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The last 20 minutes of the film include some of the most romantic filmmaking in a long time.

June 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A feel-good film with a schmaltzy love offering of tulips and bread.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It is a very positive film in many ways. It argues that just about anybody can be redeemed.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A slow-going but very, very sweet movie.

February 9, 2002 Full Review Source:

A well-intentioned, warm movie that becomes increasingly saccharine and silly.

December 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

I can't recall ever having seen this actress [Maglietta], but here she commands the screen.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Leisurely paced and very easy to watch.

December 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The heart knows what it wants in Bread And Tulips, and so do the filmmakers. Every eccentric character, plot-twist and contrivance is a means to that end.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

An airy, scrumptious valentine of a romantic fable.

October 8, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An endearing romantic daydream, but misses the bus where matters of reality are concerned.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Like a pleasant, gentle book that, once finished, makes you think, 'Gee, I could have spent that time reading something better.'

October 4, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A feel-good helping of cinematic tiramisu--it's sweet and spongy, but rather clammy and artificial.

October 3, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Charms the viewer as it communicates a noble message about the need to remove oneself from the meaninglessness of daily life in order to appreciate its full worth.

October 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinephiles

Though there's no denying that Bread and Tulips is just a feel-good movie, it is a delightfully executed, simple, and unassuming film...

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Bread and Tulips

A pleasant film. Not fabulous, but engaging and sweetly amusing, with some enjoyable oddball characters and cute plot twists. What holds the whole thing together well is a likeable, warm, centered performance my Licia Maglietta, whose manages to keep her role from becoming pathetic, silly, or annoying--as it might have done in the hands of a different actress. BUT that being said, I almost turned it off several times due to boredom.
May 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

A light comedy about a woman regaining her sense of adventure and independence, the type of movie that leaves a happy feeling. The woman in question is Rosalba, an unappreciated housewife. She lives to serve her family, mistaking her lifestyle for happiness. While on vacation, she goes to the bathroom only to find that her family left, forgetting to take her with them.

After seeing Bread and Tulips, the words that come to mind are "sweet" and "charming". It isn't a great film but it is a nice film that has its heart in the right place. You're behind Rosalba and her decision every step of the way, especially when you meet the people that become her new family.
December 1, 2008
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Beware this film if you make your own wine, because there may be no better movie to sit down in front of with a partner and a fresh bottle. The real trouble is that it's such a delight to watch, you could do it again and again and again.

Without summarizing too much, Rosalba deserts her family and teaches them a lesson by disappearing to Venice for an extended period of time after a less-than-enjoyable family vacation. In Venice she discovers herself and la Dolce Vita, making new friends but still feeling the bittersweet pull back home, all the while farcically evading the "private detective" sent after her by her husband. A great escape, witty and beautiful, this film won a pile of Donatello awards (Italy's equivalent to the Oscars), and it's light-hearted without being brainless. Che buon film!
June 27, 2008

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