Pranzo di Ferragosto

Pranzo di Ferragosto

DVD - 2010 | Italian
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A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy.
Publisher: New York : Zeitgeist Films, 2010
Branch Call Number: DVD WORLD CINEMA PRA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (75 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Aug 10, 2018

Reminiscent of 1990’s "The Company of Strangers" in structure if not plot, Di Gregorio enlists a cast of personable amateurs to create this beautifully warm-hearted comedy that ever so lightly touches on issues of loneliness and human connection yet still manages to thwart our expectations at every turn. There is no build-up to some shattering climax, no dramatic animosity, and none of his performers lapse into tired clichés like the suffering bachelor or the kooky old lady missing a few marbles. Nor is there any pretension to a script which contents itself with ad libbed banter and home-cooked meals—and wine, lots and lots of wine—Di Gregorio’s cast of elderly women proving that neither age nor acting experience need be deterrents when you have such a lovely story to tell. Ultimately it’s ninety-three year old Valeria De Franciscis, making her screen debut, who steals the show as Gianni’s persnickety mother. With a disarming candour and ability to twist things to her advantage she’s given the best lines and delivers them as if they were her own—and that closet full of loud fashions is pure icing. She went on to make two more films before dying at the age of ninety-nine.

Jul 11, 2017

Very sweet and homey storytelling of four very different elderly women suddenly housed under one roof. The women bicker and befriend each other; subtle detailing of their life histories without becoming maudlin. The main caregiver, a middle-aged man who's never married, deftly manages his lot in life and keeps his sense of humor. Urban Italy is its scruffy, charming self; relationships stretch to accommodate spare budgets. Foodwise, there are echoes of Babette's Feast here in the festival luncheon.

Mar 28, 2015

How many movies star women in their late 80's and 90's? I liked the Italian ambiance. It's a mini-vacation

Jan 21, 2015

I'll concur w/the comment below: This movie feels like it takes forever. It's definitely slow going. There's some good points, like how it illustrates the relationship difference of adult American men and their mothers vs. Italian men and their mothers. Mama Mia! The contrast couldn't be more stark. If the intention of the director was make a "slice of life" movie, ok, but why chose such a slow moving part? If you have an interest in typical middle-class Italian home life and can deal with the plodding plotline without going bonkers, could be worth a watch in a pinch I guess. Otherwise, best to skip this one.

Dec 02, 2014

A beautiful charming movie where none of the actors seem to be acting. Everything seems spontaneous and real. Very warm with an authentic charm. The ladies were outstanding as was actor/director Gianni De Gregorio and his pal "the Viking". PS -The DVD booklet includes two fabulous recipes of food served in the movie.

Jul 30, 2013

Simple & sweet; recommended

Quimeras Feb 26, 2013

Senza dubbio, “Pranzo di Ferragosto” mostra l’altro lato delle ferie, e per questa stessa ragione, la trama è un po’ lenta.

Froster Jan 09, 2013

Sigh. One would like to report that this little, meandering movie about a middle-aged, dutiful son and his time spent in his large, meandering flat in Rome with 4 little old ladies has enormous charm, atmosphere, and gentle humor, as mooted. Unfortunately, one cannot. It is, unfortunately, just like spending a few days cooped up in a large, meandering apartment with 4 little old ladies. (Food looked good, though).

Oct 27, 2012

Respectful and charming.

Sep 03, 2012

A superb, low key, low budget film with non professional actors about life in Rome for the elderly... A must

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