Pranzo di Ferragosto

2008, Comedy/Drama, 1h 15m

67 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Thoughtful, warm-hearted, and delightfully free of pretense, Mid-August Lunch offers viewers a light diversion with some surprising depth. Read critic reviews

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An affable bachelor, Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio), who still lives with his elderly mother (Valeria De Franciscis), has coasted through life and has no complaints about that. But coasting also means not paying the bills for his condo, and the landlord, Alfonso (Alfonso Santagata), has had enough. He makes Gianni an offer -- Alfonso wants to go on holiday, and will forget about the bills if Gianni takes care of his mother. Soon, Gianni is taking care of several mothers and trying to stay afloat.

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  • Jun 10, 2012
    Warmly humorous and clever, with a leisurely pace and outstanding performances. Although it may seem like a laugh and that's it, it even reaches a pleasingly subtle depth.
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  • Aug 23, 2011
    In "Mid-August Lunch," middle-aged Gianni(Gianni Di Gregorio, who also directed and co-wrote) takes care of his mother(Valeria De Franciscis). This leaves him with precious little money to pay the bills, like the electric which has not been paid in three years. That's all right, says Alfonso(Alfonso Santagata), the condominium administrator. If Gianni takes care of his mother(Marina Cacciotti) for the night, then he will look the other way on some of the late charges. So, what choice does Gianni have? If only Alfonso had also mentioned his aunt Maria(Maria Cali)... While not what anybody would call substantial, "Mid-August Lunch" goes down easily enough as a droll and charming comedy of manners. One of the most important is to care for the elderly, but not treat them like children. Such lessons are learned on a slow-moving holiday whose rhythms are captured nicely by long takes while also getting some fine footage of Rome in the meantime.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2010
    Quite charming and funny. </br> </br?
    Rubia Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2010
    Beguiling, if lightweight, Italian comedy about a middle aged man, living at home with his elderly mother, who as a favor to friends, ends up taking care of three more elderly women for an evening, each with their own unique quirks and personalities. A fresh, breezy, and cheerful confection, with enough charm for a film twice its length.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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