A simple and endlessly charming look at a weekend in the life of an uncomplicated middle-aged man living with his aging mama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Charming but insignificant.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
A tasty tidbit of a film, Mid-August Lunch is one of those movies where almost nothing happens but it happens quite nicely.
| Original Score: B
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.
You'd have trouble finding another movie with such unforced appreciation of its elderly characters or such intelligent understanding of old age.
The droll Mid-August is a tribute to the gentle skills of Italian filmmaker Gianni Di Gregorio, who not only wrote and directed this unhurried chamber piece but also starred in it as a character he named after himself.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a trifle, but a trifle that sticks.
The movie is a perfect blend of calm execution and uninflected farce.
A droll geriatric comedy set during a Roman holiday in the heat of summer.
The movie glows.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's like watching John Cassavetes trapped in a mega-episode of The Golden Girls.
The only whiff of passion comes from the sadistic care that has gone into putting garish clothes and makeup on the mother, which give her the ghoulish air of Jeanne Moreau in a fun-house mirror.
Underlying this amiable, thoughtful film is an assumption that age should bring with it respect - and however exasperated he gets, Gianni abides by this code completely.