Bread & Tulips


Bread & Tulips

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 62


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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 eccentric Icelander (Bruno Ganz). Her plans to return the next day are thwarted when she misses her train and does not have enough money to buy another ticket. Soon she is gainfully employed at a flower shop run by an irascible old anarchist. Though her teenaged sons do not seem all that bothered by their mom's absence, Rosalba's husband grows increasing agitated at the interruption in his routine, so he hires a bumbling detective to track her down.

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Licia Maglietta
as Rosalba Barletta
Bruno Ganz
as Fernando Girasoli
Antonio Catania
as Mimmo Barletta
Slivana Bosi
as Constantino's Mother
Manrico Gammarota
as Man at the Station
Don Backy
as Ballad Singer
Nunzio Daniele
as Tour Guide
Daniela Piperno
as Woman in Car
Paola Brolati
as Florist Customer
Giselda Volodi
as Pensione Housekeeper
Silvana Bosi
as Costantino's Mother
Paolo Brolati
as Florist Customer
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Critic Reviews for Bread & Tulips

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

Audience Reviews for Bread & 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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