Bread and Tulips (2000)

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Director: Silvio Soldini
Cast: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston


Left behind at a motorway service stop while returning home from holiday with her family, put-upon and deceived housewife Rosalba hitches a ride and ends up visiting Venice for the first time. Intending to resume her journey next day, she instead ends up moving in with a suicidal waiter and taking a job at a florist's.

The Review

An Italian Shirley Valentine (i.e. less sardonic humour, more whimsy and farce) and a delightfully played one, with a radiant central performance and a sedate one from Ganz. There is also a subplot involving the plumber Rosalba's husband sends as private investigator, which helps spin things out a bit but does not have much of a function otherwise.