Bread & Tulips (Pane E Tulipani)

"Good"

Bread & Tulips (Pane E Tulipani) Review


A dissatisfied Italian housewife finds unexpected freedom when she's left behind at a tour bus stop while on a Greek vacation with her burdensome family in the charming grown-up romance "Bread and Tulips."

Decked out in full middle-aged tourist regalia -- sun visor, fanny pack, leggings, running shoes, windbreaker tied at her waist -- Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) has a private little pout outside the gift shop after a cell phone reprimand from her temperamental husband (who didn't notice she wasn't on the bus). Then she shakes it off and decides not to catch up to the family, darn it, but to hitchhike straight home.

After a couple rides from oddball strangers, however, Rosalba follows a whim. She continues right past her hometown to get dropped off in Venice instead. She's never been there and she's on vacation, after all. Her adventure finds her meeting Fernando (Bruno Ganz), a kindly, aging (and suicidal) waiter from a failing restaurant who offers to put her up in a spare room of his apartment. Two days later she takes a job at a florist's shop in a quiet, cobblestone corner of the city and begins a new life, wondering how long it will be before her conscience calls her home.

Maglietta gives a wonderful performance as a vibrant woman emerging from a cocoon of suburban malaise. She delineates Rosalba's nagging maternal instincts while embracing her surprising newfound contentment as she becomes girlfriends with a massage therapist neighbor and begins a tentative flirtation with the sad, compassionate, poetic and sometimes mysterious Fernando.

Meanwhile, her husband and teenage sons are having a hard time fending for themselves. Scenes here and there show a kitchen table buried in empty soda cans and bags of chips. Finally fed up with his wife's caprice after his mistress refuses to iron shirts for him, Rosalba's mister hires an bumbling amateur detective (Giuseppe Battiston) to hunt her down, adding unexpected and lightly comical complications to our heroine's simple but idyllic liberty.

Co-writer (with Doriana Leondeff) and director Silvio Soldini skillfully lends emotional significance to what could have been a trifle of a story. But he does so without weighing the film down in the kind of moist sentimentality that frequently accompanies the last act of such life-examining allegories. "Bread and Tulips" is uncomplicated escapism for astute adults.



Facts and Figures

Production compaines: Istituto Luce

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Rosalba Barletta, as Fernando Girasoli, as Costantino, as Mimmo Barletta, as Grazia, as Fermo, Vitalba Andrea as Ketty, as Adele, Daniela Piperno as Woman in Car, Tiziano Cucchiarelli as Nic, Matteo Febo as Salvo, as Nancy, Mauro Marino as Lello, Antonia Miccoli as Sami, Ludovico Paladin as Eliseo, Silvana Bosi as Costantino's Mother

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.