The Salt of Life
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In The Salt of Life, Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio) plays a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother (Valeria de Franciscis); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter (played by Di Gregorio's daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Watching his "codger" friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, Gianni… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Italian film has done us another favor-it has sent us Gianni Di Gregorio again."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Love and beautiful women are the fragrant themes of this charmer of a comedy in which director, writer and star Gianni Di Gregorio explores the reality and the dreams of a man stuck in a rut of everyday life."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"By acknowledging that younger and older women might be wiser than he is, Di Gregorio takes what could have been a shallow excuse for self-pity and has managed to milk the setup for all the laughs it can generate."
‑ Dan Lybarger, KC Active
"Perhaps the sweetest movie ever made about a guy trying to cheat on his wife."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Italian writer/director/comedian Gianni Di Gregorio plays browbeaten family men brilliantly, and in this film he's given himself a fine showcase."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Though you can empathize with Gianni's loneliness, the lecherous buffoon is too much of a stock type to feel fresh. At times, the comedy is shamelessly broad."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An extraordinary and universal Italian film about a 60-year-old man's mid-life crisis and the sapping of his spirit."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Di Gregorio has a low-key, unaffected charm that makes it remarkably easy to relate to his semi-autobiographical movies."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
""Salt of Life" somehow takes what should be the leering thoughts of a dirty old man, and makes them poignant."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"At times, the sad sights are enough to make a person hope the put-upon guy finds success. The problem is, as affable as Giovanni is, there's not much more to him."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
""The Salt of Life" finds gentle comedy in the dilemma of a still warm-blooded if sexually marginalized fellow for whom kindness is second nature and lecherousness is alien."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A sweet-natured, bittersweet little movie -- and I mean little -- about growing old."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
""Mid-August Lunch" is a livelier film, but its fans should check this one out."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"So hyperbolic are his fantasies that it's clear that not only will they never come true, but they never were true to begin with. Seems to me that's a better place to begin than end."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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