The Salt of Life

The Salt of Life  {Gianni e le donne}
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The Salt of Life
Gianni e le donne
Italy, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Romance, Seniors, Sex
Program: World Cinema
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

In his warm and witty follow-up to PSIFF favorite Mid-August Lunch, writer/director/actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created another sparkling comedy—this time with a dash of the bittersweet. In The Salt of Life, Gianni plays a middle-aged Roman retiree who feels that he has become invisible to the fair sex, regardless of age or relationship. With no fixed employment, Gianni’s days should be his own, but he must contend 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 own daughter Teresa) with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog 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.

DIRECTOR: Gianni Di Gregorio
Producer: Angelo Barbagallo
Editor: Marco Spoletini
Screenwriter: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valerio Attanasio
Cinematographer: Gian Enrico Bianchi
Music: Ratchev & Carratello
Principal Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio,Valeria De Franciscis, Alfonso Santagata, Teresa Di Gregoria, Aylin Prandi
Filmography: Mid-August Lunch (2008)
Print Source: Zeitgeist Films -

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