Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life)
Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life) (2012)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 2, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Italian film has done us another favor-it has sent us Gianni Di Gregorio again.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

For all its gentle charm, the movie is undeniably slow, and many viewers will not have patience for it.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Italian writer/director/comedian Gianni Di Gregorio plays browbeaten family men brilliantly, and in this film he's given himself a fine showcase.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

"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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An extraordinary and universal Italian film about a 60-year-old man's mid-life crisis and the sapping of his spirit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A giving, genuine, and nice older man tries to take a mistress to liven up his boring life. I really liked the idea of this film: kindness can weigh on one,… More
Nicolas Korovessis
No matter how adorable Gianni Di Grigorio actually is, this film feels like a second rate attempt to repeat the freshness of the far superior "Mid-August… More
Walter M.
In "The Salt of Life," Gianni(Gianni Di Gregorio, who also directed and co-wrote with Valerio Attanasio) struggles on a monthly basis to pay his rent… More
Jesse Ortega
This is quite a good film that is a gentle character study of a middle-aged who's struggling to deal with the fact that he's getting old and simply is… More