Pane e Tulipani
By Julie Denice Griffin
This is a delightful movie- Written completely in the Italian language, and therefore of foreign genre. One woman’s friend is amazed that her boyfriend’s head for business buys her so much. Mostly filmed in Italy, two women drive through the countryside while talking about whatever it is women talk about when they’re alone. A few maritial and family topics later – A lonely pre-teen posts a hillarious sign in his back car window stating, New Parents Wanted.
A silver space jacket, ski pants and a desire to get away from it all – She finds herself camped out in a quaint Italian rooming house as a boarder. With dialing instructions and directions to the Chinese diner – When she calls her husband to tell him she’ll be home the next day, he practically knocks his girlfriend down to yell instructions out to his poor, worn out wife on the telephone. That’s when she makes the decision to stay away indefinitely.
Digging through the treasury trove of her purse – She snaps a self portrait as the camera shows the double image of her new life. She starts taking pictures of everything. A Venice boat drifts by and church bells clang as she misses her train out. Cinematically, the woman represents liberation and freedom to she who the night before gratefully recieved a gift of balcony grown vegetables, and a hairdryer to cook with them with which made a big difference. Later, she enjoys a peaceful dinner at a more conventional Italian restuarant in the boarding house.
He gives her a room at the edge of lifeand more and less and quickly pulls down and removes a suicide noose quickly out of her sight. European capitols and 100 lire. The delighted man, so lonely and glad for even her minute presence leaves a table full of breakfast – Milk and fruit of grain heavy laden. She writes, “I won’t forget your kindness,” while all the while planning to leave the kind man. She applies at the Cerco Autente. The “Help Wanted” sign. “No. You won’t do.”
Vera Zasulik, a libertarian – A classy woman she is shocked at his crass and rude observation. After the insult – She buys herself a bouquet of flowers. Arriving home, she rudely interrupts the new man’s suicide attempt. Again, the landlord hides the noose. And she wrestles at the pantry for a vase to put her new flowers in.
Grazia Reginella introduces herself with gratitude. Wearing a beautiful pastel blue Japanese robe covered in roses – She clutches a vacuum-cleaner and promises the man she’ll find another room to rent the next day. The last thing she wants in her adventure now – Even a man who needs love and help and presents himself to her now. Cinzia, his son’s girlfriend calls and he tries to get the other son to read his wife’s letter for house instructions. The hillariously clueless family, along with his mistress make a motley bunch. A young college age boy falls into the other man’s trap – Too cheap to hire a detective to find his wife. He asks, “Are you willing to relocate?” His mother weeps profusely as he leaves for the journey.
A humorous and bumbling detective, his taped together broken budget cell phone – 50,000 lire a day in Venice. A swindler rents him a room in the wife’s hotel unknowingly. Mr. Barletta is not doing too well at this point though, and as the hours of the day tick by, his wife does nothing to help him out. At the Hotel Canellotto, he can’t get in until September. She delights in laying in bed and reading Huck Finn peacefully. Her neighbor instructs her she wants to adopt a teenage boy – It seems that all of the beautiful color in the film and interesting events take you to a land other than the focus of the story. Her crabby and ill tempered boss hates flowers and anniversaries with what he calls a justifiable reason. The symbolism of bread and a black phone album perhaps carry a deeper psychological film critique meaning.
“A cosseted, unhappy housewife (Licia Maglietta) who’s taken for granted by her philandering, self-centered husband (Antonio Catania) finds bella fortuna when she hitchhikes to Venice and starts to construct a brand-new life for herself. Blossoming with newfound independence, the woman begins a tentative relationship with a lonely, suicidal waiter (Bruno Ganz) that seems to bode well for both of them,” according to the Netflix movie review.
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