Mid-August Lunch

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  76 min.
Release Date: May 21, 2010 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.61
based on 74 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Marina Cacciotti, Maria Cali, Grazia Cesarini Sforza, Alfonso Santagata


Gianni is a middle-aged man who lives living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities'. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That's when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni's door in the most unexpected way.

Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Studio: Archimede
Producer(s): Matteo Garrone
Screenplay: Gianni Di Gregorio

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  • 3 stars "Charming film"
  • 3 stars "It is not easy. Gianni needs money and yet does not work. Of course if he would work, then who would take care of his mother? Should he be working to be able to pay for a home for her, so that he can start a relationship of his own? Then his mother would be all alone, unhappy and less well taken care of than in the company of her own son. The dilemma of the ageing society laid bare."
  • 4 stars "V good. Lots of laughs."