Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
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Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
Despite the fact he is a middle-aged man, Gianni lives in an old house in the center of Rome with his mother, a woman of faded nobility who tyrannizes him and leaves him only enough free time to go to the tavern. On the eve of the Feast of the Assumption holiday, the apartment block manager--aware of Gianni's enforced "captivity"--suggests he look after his own mother for a couple of days, in return for the waiver of all the unpaid utility bills. When he turns up at his house also accompanied by his old aunt, Gianni feels rather ill. He therefore pays a visit to his doctor friend… 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,
"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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