Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)
Gianni Di Gregorio
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The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio (co-scenarist of the smash hit Gomorrah), stars in his directorial debut - an utterly charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building managerís mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy's biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow... Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters? Mid-August Lunch is both warmly vibrant family drama and delicately balanced comedy of manners.
This was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen! If you enjoy subtle humor and can stand subtitles (or if you are one of those people who enjoy the actual filming aspect) then I would highly recommend this movie.