The Salt of Life

Rated NR 90 minutes 2011

Actor-writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio continues traveling the Woody Allen trail in this charming trifle, more or less a sequel to his 2008 Pranzo di ferragosto, in which the non-assertive lead character, played by Di Gregorio and likewise named Gianni, deals with the disappointments of his retirement years by imagining he’s irresistible to women. This time (Italian title: Gianni e le donne), our hero gets no respect from his wife (Elisabetta Piccolomini), his aged mother (Valeria De Franciscis), Kristina the maid (Kristina Cepraga), or even his daughter (played by Di Gregorio’s daughter Teresa). So he rolls with it, and it’s funnier and more tightly constructed than the last one. Try to picture a combo of Allen, Jacques Tati, and Marcello Mastroianni at his most self-deprecating. Di Gregorio is definitely onto something here. Costarring Alfonso Santagata as Gianni’s supremely unhelpful lawyer buddy. (90 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Gianni Di Gregorio

Producer: Angelo Barbagallo and Gaetano Daniele

Cast: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria Franciscis, Alfonso Santagata, Elisabetta Piccolomini, Valeria Cavalli, Aylin Prandi, Kristina Cepraga, Michelangelo Ciminale, Teresa Di Gregorio, Lilia Silvi and Gabriella Sborgi

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