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Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2008)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 8

Thoughtful, warm-hearted, and delightfully free of pretense, Mid-August Lunch offers viewers a light diversion with some surprising depth.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3

Thoughtful, warm-hearted, and delightfully free of pretense, Mid-August Lunch offers viewers a light diversion with some surprising depth.



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A man unexpectedly finds himself talking care of four women, three of whom he barely knows, in this sunny comedy from Italy. Gianni (Gianni di Gregorio) is a man in his mid-sixties who still lives with his mother; given that Valeria (Valeria De Franciscis) is well into her nineties, these days he looks after her rather than the other way around, though she remains quite spry given her age. Gianni and Valeria share an apartment in a building owned by Luigi (Alfonso Santagata); Gianni owes money


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Gianni Di Gregorio

Oct 5, 2010


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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

A simple and endlessly charming look at a weekend in the life of an uncomplicated middle-aged man living with his aging mama.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Mid-August Lunch is a sweet-spirited gem, warmly comic while showing the hassles of caring for aging relatives more honestly than 10 family sagas from Hollywood.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Charming but insignificant.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Not much happens in this wisp of a movie (it's barely 75 minutes), and not much is necessary; it's all about finding a mood and letting it sneak up and envelop the watcher.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A tasty tidbit of a film, Mid-August Lunch is one of those movies where almost nothing happens but it happens quite nicely.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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If Mid-August Lunch were a meal instead of a movie, it would be something light and quick, but not entirely unsatisfying. A green salad with a couple pieces of grilled shrimp on top, say.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Shot handheld and mostly confined to the apartment, the film is (despite some mild food tourism) a delightful feat

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

[A] unique recipe, a bittersweet comedy/drama, with a dash of realism.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

What a pleasure it is to see a film that treats the elderly as more just the sum of their age spots.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

These women! These women are marvelous.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is a small, perfectly delicious film. The actors are magical.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Novice feature director Gianni Di Gregorio has made a terrific and warm little comedy by only occasionally leaving his apartment in Rome.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's a gentle meditation on food and companionship.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

[Di Gregorio] draws wonderfully unfussy performances from his nonprofessional cast and ... produces a film which feels so natural that it seems to be capturing real life

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

An Italian comedy so slight it practically evaporates...

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Easy as a Sunday morning ...

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A delightful homage to the simple pleasures that life can offer no matter the age.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

There's no grand drama or payoff to sleepy Italian import Mid-August Lunch -- this is essentially Polaroid-type, snapshot cinema. But there is truth here, and in truth there is always some value.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Audience Reviews for Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)

Warmly humorous and clever, with a leisurely pace and outstanding performances. Although it may seem like a laugh and that's it, it even reaches a pleasingly subtle depth.
June 12, 2012
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Quite charming and funny.

February 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

In "Mid-August Lunch," middle-aged Gianni(Gianni Di Gregorio, who also directed and co-wrote) takes care of his mother(Valeria De Franciscis). This leaves him with precious little money to pay the bills, like the electric which has not been paid in three years. That's all right, says Alfonso(Alfonso Santagata), the condominium administrator. If Gianni takes care of his mother(Marina Cacciotti) for the night, then he will look the other way on some of the late charges. So, what choice does Gianni have? If only Alfonso had also mentioned his aunt Maria(Maria Cali)...

While not what anybody would call substantial, "Mid-August Lunch" goes down easily enough as a droll and charming comedy of manners. One of the most important is to care for the elderly, but not treat them like children. Such lessons are learned on a slow-moving holiday whose rhythms are captured nicely by long takes while also getting some fine footage of Rome in the meantime.
August 24, 2011
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Slight and simple film about a aging batchelor who lives with and looks after his even elderly-er mother, and somehow acquires another three old ladies to entertain over the August holiday. Sweet but not saccharine, and unlike the little old ladies, doesn't outstay its welcome.
March 7, 2010
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Foreign Titles

  • Das Festmahl im August (DE)
  • Mid-August Launch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) (UK)
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