Bread & Tulips


Bread & Tulips

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



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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)

Although Maglietta's appealing as Rosalba, cowriter and director Silvio Scoldini's movie is a little too shopworn and pokey to be more than a respectable European diversion.

Jan 6, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

It's almost as if Solidini ... figured that all he had to do was put a crowd of eccentric characters together and magic would occur.

Nov 2, 2001 | Full Review…

As for star Licia Maglietta, the appeal of the film is nearly all in her presence.

Nov 2, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4

It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.

Oct 11, 2001 | Full Review…

A slight tale, charmingly told.

Sep 28, 2001

It's a feel-good movie to see with a friend on a rainy afternoon when you both need a little getaway.

Sep 21, 2001

Audience Reviews for Bread & Tulips

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.
Cynthia S.

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A great and wonderful movie set in beautiful Venice. Licia Maglietta had incredible acting in this and would recommend this movie to anyone. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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A light comedy about a woman regaining her sense of adventure and independence, the type of movie that leaves a happy feeling. The woman in question is Rosalba, an unappreciated housewife. She lives to serve her family, mistaking her lifestyle for happiness. While on vacation, she goes to the bathroom only to find that her family left, forgetting to take her with them. After seeing Bread and Tulips, the words that come to mind are "sweet" and "charming". It isn't a great film but it is a nice film that has its heart in the right place. You're behind Rosalba and her decision every step of the way, especially when you meet the people that become her new family. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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Beware this film if you make your own wine, because there may be no better movie to sit down in front of with a partner and a fresh bottle. The real trouble is that it's such a delight to watch, you could do it again and again and again. Without summarizing too much, Rosalba deserts her family and teaches them a lesson by disappearing to Venice for an extended period of time after a less-than-enjoyable family vacation. In Venice she discovers herself and la Dolce Vita, making new friends but still feeling the bittersweet pull back home, all the while farcically evading the "private detective" sent after her by her husband. A great escape, witty and beautiful, this film won a pile of Donatello awards (Italy's equivalent to the Oscars), and it's light-hearted without being brainless. Che buon film!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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