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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Gianni Di Gregorio
Gianni Di Gregorio
Maria Calì.
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Running Time
75 minutes

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Mid-August Lunch
Rome is where the heart lies


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Plot
A middle-aged man has sacrificed living a full independent life to care for the mother he is devoted to.


Review
Mid-August Lunch
The Rome of yesteryear casts shadows over Gianni Di Gregorio’s charming debut, in which he also stars as a sixtysomething whose social life has been severely curtailed by his devotion to his 93 year-old mother. His dedication becomes positively heroic when he welcomes a trio of dotty dears to spend the midsummer holiday in their snug Trastevere apartment.

Making exquisite use of the musty rooms that are his mother’s entire world, this semi-improvised saga is atmospherically photographed and exquisitely designed. But it’s the gently farcical interaction and cutting dialogue of the non-professional cast that makes this so enticing.


Extras

Mid-August Lunch Mid-August Lunch
Released: 07 December 2009
None.


Verdict
The semi-improvised performances and gently nostalgic tone makes this endearing and captivating.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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