Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
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Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
A man unexpectedly finds himself talking care of four women, three of whom he barely knows, in this sunny comedy from Italy. Gianni (Gianni di Gregorio) is a man in his mid-sixties who still lives with his mother; given that Valeria (Valeria De Franciscis) is well into her nineties, these days he looks after her rather than the other way around, though she remains quite spry given her age. Gianni and Valeria share an apartment in a building owned by Luigi (Alfonso Santagata); Gianni owes money on the rent, and Luigi, who wants to take off for the midsummer festivities of Ferragosto, makes him… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A simple and endlessly charming look at a weekend in the life of an uncomplicated middle-aged man living with his aging mama."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Not much happens in this wisp of a movie (it's barely 75 minutes), and not much is necessary; it's all about finding a mood and letting it sneak up and envelop the watcher."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Di Gregorio stars in the film as well as writing and directing, and a more charming mealtime companion you're not likely to find."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"What a pleasure it is to see a film that treats the elderly as more just the sum of their age spots."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
"Novice feature director Gianni Di Gregorio has made a terrific and warm little comedy by only occasionally leaving his apartment in Rome."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"Mid-August Lunch is a sweet-spirited gem, warmly comic while showing the hassles of caring for aging relatives more honestly than 10 family sagas from Hollywood."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A tasty tidbit of a film, Mid-August Lunch is one of those movies where almost nothing happens but it happens quite nicely."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Shot handheld and mostly confined to the apartment, the film is (despite some mild food tourism) a delightful feat"
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"These women! These women are marvelous."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"It's a gentle meditation on food and companionship."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Charming but insignificant."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If Mid-August Lunch were a meal instead of a movie, it would be something light and quick, but not entirely unsatisfying. A green salad with a couple pieces of grilled shrimp on top, say."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"[A] unique recipe, a bittersweet comedy/drama, with a dash of realism."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is a small, perfectly delicious film. The actors are magical."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"[Di Gregorio] draws wonderfully unfussy performances from his nonprofessional cast and ... produces a film which feels so natural that it seems to be capturing real life"
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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