Bread & Tulips (2001)



Critic Consensus: 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.
PG-13 (for brief language, some sensuality and drug references)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Licia Maglietta
as Rosalba Barletta
Bruno Ganz
as Fernando Girasoli
Giuseppe Battiston
as Costantino
Antonio Catania
as Mimmo Barletta
Matteo Febo
as Salvo
Slivana Bosi
as Constantino's Mother
Manrico Gammarota
as Man at the Station
Don Backy
as Ballad Singer
Fausto Russo Alesi
as Man in Car
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.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

November 2, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A slight tale, charmingly told.

September 28, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

September 21, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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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

Super Reviewer


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

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