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Bread and Tulips (2000)

Pane e tulipani (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 2 November 2001 (USA)
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After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Director:

Silvio Soldini

Writers:

Silvio Soldini (story), Doriana Leondeff (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Licia Maglietta ... Rosalba Barletta
Bruno Ganz ... Fernando Girasole
Giuseppe Battiston ... Costantino Caponangeli
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Mimmo Barletta
Marina Massironi ... Grazia
Felice Andreasi ... Fermo
Vitalba Andrea ... Ketty
Tatiana Lepore Tatiana Lepore ... Adele
Daniela Piperno Daniela Piperno ... Woman in Car
Tiziano Cucchiarelli Tiziano Cucchiarelli ... Nic
Matteo Febo Matteo Febo ... Salvo
Lina Bernardi ... Nancy
Mauro Marino Mauro Marino ... Lello
Antonia Miccoli Antonia Miccoli ... Sami
Ludovico Paladin Ludovico Paladin ... Eliseo
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Storyline

Life is often just "for sake of" and we need to know about it and want to benefit when we are presented with the occasion to. A bit for "sake of", a bit for choice, Rosalba, young and apart from anything a housewife of Pescara, during a bus trip after she found herself alone and...forgotten in a highway café, decides not to wait for her husband and sons to come back to pick her up but instead decides to find her own way home. She is a little offended that she has been forgotten by her family and has been told by her husband to stay put so, rebelling a little she finds herself hitch-hiking direct for Venice. Her adventure in Venice begins meeting strange but fascinating people. Fermo; an anarchistic florist, Grazia; a masseuse and Fernando; a waiter from Iceland that speaks his own language of Italian. Written by <caitlin_leroy@hotmail.com>

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A day trip just to get away is the starting point of a new life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language, some sensuality and drug references | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Monogatari

Country:

Italy | Switzerland

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pan y tulipanes See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,933, 29 July 2001

Gross USA:

$5,318,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,478,434
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Licia Maglietta actually played the accordion in the scenes where her character does so. It is her playing that can be heard in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Fernando: I felt my phoenix rise from the ashes.
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Tanti auguri a te (Happy Birthday to You)
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Classic Comedy ...
27 August 2004 | by rahulg_uhaSee all my reviews

What comes into mind when we say "classic"? Well, it has to be universal and deep and yet simple. It should appeal beyond the "critics" and reach the critical mass. I can't say if "Bread and Tulips" can be termed as a Classic already ... but it does satisfy all three above mentioned conditions. It is simply put, very universal yet subtle and deep. It builds intriguing moments... that viewer keeps even after the movie ends. How real or logical or practical the story is or is it a fairy tale?

Well, how many times in real life we act logical? The fact that human being is NOT a logical creature and they act per their impulse and dream for their dreams to come true ... this can be categorized as a quite close thing that may happen to someone. Or at least someone may not be disappointed if that happens to her/him. In short, its not a everyday incident. But YES ... it can happen and well, bits and pieces DO happen in life.

Overall it gives a tremendously optimistic view towards life ... I would argue a real inspiring outcome. It portrays a middle aged woman getting close to her real life and real likings when circumstance puts her away from the typical and logical setting in her family. She finds her confidence back, finds friends, finds likings and music ... and finally yes, finds her love. Its a transformation that she goes through ... and none of which is quite "aceptable" or "normal" in our civilized society. But even then, she had to go out of defined way to get that. In that process, this movie creates great shots and moments that builds the environment and confirms it to a classic comedy. Worth watching ... and worth owning.


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