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Bread and Tulips(Pane e tulipani)

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Italy, Switzerland · 2000
Rated PG-13 · 1h 54m
Director Silvio Soldini
Starring Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania
Genre Comedy, Romance

An endearing light comedy about a woman who spontaneously becomes a resident of Venice after her family left her begin. While enjoying the wonderful people she meets she achieves a new life and the first time independent of her family.

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80

Chicago Reader by

The first half of the film, in which Maglietta gradually discovers herself as something other than a servant, is genuinely engaging.

75

Baltimore Sun by Chris Kaltenbach

Soldini's consistently understated touch, and a poignant turn by Licia Maglietta as the confused and bemused main character, turns Bread and Tulips into a character study worth studying.

80

The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Soldini's amiable new comedy suggests that an older, better Italy of imagination, rationality and civility survives on the fringes of a modern nation obsessed, like most others, with consumerism, empty prosperity and easy pleasure.

50

TV Guide Magazine by Frank Lovece

Characters' eccentricities feel contrived and the wackiness seems forced, though the film's amiable ambling does keep the viewer intrigued, if not charmed.

70

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Too lethargic and strung-out for its own good. Thankfully, it casts a pleasant, amusing and touching spell anyway, but more energy and a markedly shorter running time might have turned a sunny diversion into something more special.

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