The Salt of Life (2012)
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In The Salt of Life, Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio) plays a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother (Valeria de Franciscis); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter (played by Di Gregorio's daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Watching his "codger"
Mar 2, 2012 Limited
Sep 18, 2012
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Gianni Di Gregorio
Valeria De Franciscis
Italian writer/director/comedian Gianni Di Gregorio plays browbeaten family men brilliantly, and in this film he's given himself a fine showcase.
At times, the sad sights are enough to make a person hope the put-upon guy finds success. The problem is, as affable as Giovanni is, there's not much more to him.
Though you can empathize with Gianni's loneliness, the lecherous buffoon is too much of a stock type to feel fresh. At times, the comedy is shamelessly broad.
"The Salt of Life" finds gentle comedy in the dilemma of a still warm-blooded if sexually marginalized fellow for whom kindness is second nature and lecherousness is alien.
Imbued with gentle humor and a kind of bittersweet resignation, The Salt of Life isn't life-changing - it's life-describing.
An extraordinary and universal Italian film about a 60-year-old man's mid-life crisis and the sapping of his spirit.
A sweet-natured, bittersweet little movie -- and I mean little -- about growing old.
By acknowledging that younger and older women might be wiser than he is, Di Gregorio takes what could have been a shallow excuse for self-pity and has managed to milk the setup for all the laughs it can generate.
Di Gregorio has a low-key, unaffected charm that makes it remarkably easy to relate to his semi-autobiographical movies.
"Mid-August Lunch" is a livelier film, but its fans should check this one out.
Perhaps the sweetest movie ever made about a guy trying to cheat on his wife.
"Salt of Life" somehow takes what should be the leering thoughts of a dirty old man, and makes them poignant.
So hyperbolic are his fantasies that it's clear that not only will they never come true, but they never were true to begin with. Seems to me that's a better place to begin than end.
Di Gregorio continues traveling the Woody Allen trail in this charming trifle.
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