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Gianni Di Gregorio stars as a middle-aged retiree has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. In THE SALT OF LIFE he contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother (again played by Lunch’s great nonagenarian Valeria de Franciscis); a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter (played by Di Gregorio’s real-life daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and, a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as herdog walker. Watching his “codger” friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, Gianni tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life — with both hilarious and poignant results.
*Note: In Italian with English subtitles. Full synopsis
I was so disappointed. Slow moving, disconnected story line....
This is not for old or young. No matter what your age, if you have no interests, no passion, no real energy for the gift of life, no one will be interested in you. The point of life is to do...
On the surface, The Salt of Life may seem like a movie made just for old folks. The trick is that it really is about the youth that stays with you, even when your aging body is working hard to convince you otherwise. Read full review
The film is full of low-key but telling observations, mostly about Gianni's plight but also about modern life in general.
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This is a movie about a man who is past his shelf life. Sooner or later, he'll end up sitting in front of that cafe with the other guys. He knows it. Read full review
The Salt of Life is easygoing and naturalistic, but clearly a work of imagination. Read full review
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