Bread and Tulips

2000, Romance, 1h 54m

62 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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Rosalba (Licia Maglietta), a middle-aged woman on a bus trip to Venice with her husband and her sons, is left behind at a rest stop off of the highway. As the days go by with no word from her family, she settles into a room at a local hotel and takes a job at a flower shop. When her husband and sons begin to miss her, they send a friend looking for her. "Bread and Tulips" is a warmhearted comedy about love, family, and friendship.

Cast & Crew

Licia Maglietta
Rosalba Barletta
Bruno Ganz
Fernando Girasoli
Antonio Catania
Mimmo Barletta
Giovanni Venosta
Original Music
Luca Bigazzi
Cinematographer
Jorgelina Depetris Pochintesta
Casting
Paola Bizzarri
Production Designer
Silvia Nebiolo
Costume Designer
Esme Sciaroni
Makeup Artist
Pierantonio Micciarelli
Assistant Director
Maurizio Argentieri
Sound Recordist
Paolo Rosada
Location Manager
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Critic Reviews for Bread and Tulips

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (18)

Audience Reviews for Bread and Tulips

  • May 02, 2011
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    Avery pleasant film if you are in the mood for it. Traveling in a bus tour Rosalba is left behind at rest stop. She is in her early 40’s and her children are leaving home and she is left with her philandering egocentric husband. Rosalba experiences are the focus of the film and she is not a big talker her emotions and intents are conveyed primarily through her actions, expressions and surrealistic dream sequences. She hitchhikes to Venice because she always wanted to go and meets some eccentric people. The pivotal one is Bruno Ganz a waiter with a past who takes the most inane conversation and make it sound like he’s a circus barker. Rosbalba does not have money to find a hotel room in Venice and Ganz offers one of the rooms in his flat. They develop a very good relation ship (not physical by the way) that qualm his suicidal intentions. Several other interesting characters enter the picture, but the tone of the film always is subdued.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2009
    A great and wonderful movie set in beautiful Venice. Licia Maglietta had incredible acting in this and would recommend this movie to anyone. :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2009
    This Italian movie Bread and Tulips was sweet, innocent and it fits in perfect harmony.Could be to the setting, it was filmed in Venice Italy, or to its characters,who were very human and comical at times. This made it so enjoyable to watch because the emotions were real. It told the story of Rosalba, a housewife, who was left behind by her family during a vacation by the tour bus. She hitchhiked to Venice, where she felt herself alive and belonging somewhere.The movie featured a love story between 2 persons,not young,but still in the prime of their lives. Italian actress Licia Maglietta was the perfect leading lady for the movie. and formed good chemistry with Bruno Ganz, who had the best lines of the movie, that almost sound poetic.This movie tells you a story about life and giving you material to think about those little things that makes it worth while.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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