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Bread & Tulips

Bread & Tulips

Silvio Soldini's endearing film in Italian with subtitles resonates with the warmth from its Venetian locales.  It's the type of film that can capture the heart of art-house patrons who will most likely see this film in the US.

Bread & Tulips centers on Licia Maglietta's Rosalba, a 40-ish housewife who's a bit on the clumsy side.  During a family holiday she's stuck at a service station.  The light entertainment turns on Rosalba's resolve to get back home by hitchhiking.  And while on rote why not visit a city that she deeply admires but never has had the chance to see, Venice.

She just happens to have the kind of day that makes her realize the woman she wants to be.  It doesn't upset her when she misses the train to head home so she could spend another night.  And she is so delighted with her surroundings that she applies for a job in a flower shop and easily gains employment.  A life in Venice for Rosalba is almost Eden, yet family responsibilities are something that aren't easily neglected.

The most assured supporting part comes by way of Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) whose brooding Fernando gradually gets the heartfelt attention of Rosalba, as the ex-con is trying to make sense of life after imprisonment.

Bread & Tulips doesn't go for deep insights or revelations as it winsomely deals with the re-examination of one's life.  Those who have the chance to see this un-challenging, charming Italian confection will savor its warmth and genuine feeling and won't be detoured by its subtitles.

Bread & Tulips

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