Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: April 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thoughtful, warm-hearted, and delightfully free of pretense, Mid-August Lunch offers viewers a light diversion with some surprising depth.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

A simple and endlessly charming look at a weekend in the life of an uncomplicated middle-aged man living with his aging mama.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Jamie S. Rich

Di Gregorio stars in the film as well as writing and directing, and a more charming mealtime companion you're not likely to find.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A tasty tidbit of a film, Mid-August Lunch is one of those movies where almost nothing happens but it happens quite nicely.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Shot handheld and mostly confined to the apartment, the film is (despite some mild food tourism) a delightful feat

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Charming but insignificant.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] unique recipe, a bittersweet comedy/drama, with a dash of realism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Louis Rogers
Warmly humorous and clever, with a leisurely pace and outstanding performances. Although it may seem like a laugh and that's it, it even reaches a… More
Lesley N
Slight and simple film about a aging batchelor who lives with and looks after his even elderly-er mother, and somehow acquires another three old ladies to… More
Rubia Carolina
Quite charming and funny. </br> </br?
Nicolas Korovessis
I felt I was actually there watching everything in person. This warm film, effortlessly put a smile on my face with nothing but exceptional performances from… More
Walter M.
In "Mid-August Lunch," middle-aged Gianni(Gianni Di Gregorio, who also directed and co-wrote) takes care of his mother(Valeria De Franciscis). This… More