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BREAD AND TULIPS (Pane e tulipani) (2000) (PG-13)

July 20, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, 243 Albany Avenue, Kingston

Silvio Soldino directs this award-winning romantic comedy about Rosalba Barletta (Licia Maglietta), a housewife from southern Italy who temporarily flees her life's malaise to take a bus tour. While on a stop, her tour bus accidentally leaves without her, and Rosalba finds herself stranded. Instead of waiting there as her controlling businessman husband instructs by phone, she starts hitchhiking toward home, only to impulsively detour to Venice. There, she checks into an inn run by kindly but eccentric Icelander Fernando Girasole (Bruno Ganz), who speaks his own form of Italian. Rosalba intends to return home the next day, but she misses her train and doesn't have enough money to buy another ticket. She ends up getting a job at a local flower shop run by an irascible old anarchist and soon finds herself enjoying her new life. Her teenage sons don't seem bothered by their mom's absence, but Rosalba's husband grows increasingly agitated and hires a detective to track her down. Winner of 32 critic and festival awards, including the Academy of Italian Cinema's Best Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. "An airy, scrumptious valentine of a romantic fable." —Make Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A complete delight." — Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post. In Italian with English subtitles. Rated PG-13.