This charming funny Italian film, a favourite with Chichester audiences, is a wonderful tribute to Bruno Ganz, although in a lesser role as the dignified Icelandic waiter.
Licia Maglietta plays a wife and mother who is casually taken for granted. On a tourist-group bus trip she is left behind at a rest-stop; she impulsively - and defiantly (shades of Shirley Valentine) - takes off to Venice where romantic adventures await her. Her adventure in Venice begins meeting strange but fascinating people. It's in this environment that she encounters not only the poetry-loving Fernando, but also an anarchist florist who gives her a job, and a holistic masseuse, and especially Fernando; a melancholic and dignified waiter from Iceland who speaks his own language of Italian. Beautifully underplayed by the late Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (better known more recently for his major role as Hitler in ‘Downfall’). With its dream sequences, eccentric supporting characters, and bitter-sweet sensibilities, ‘Bread and Tulips’ follows its own singular path, whilst mostly retaining a fairy-tale charm. (Subtitles)
Italy 2000 Silvio Soldini 112m