The Salt of Life

March 3rd, 2012


The Salt of Life

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Gianni is a retiree who has become invisible to most everyone around him. In response, he tries his best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.0/10 (424 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Gianni Di Gregorio

Stars: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis, Alfonso Santagata

Gianni is sixty. He is retired but has not become lazy for all that. In fact he is a helpful fellow who gives a hand to all those who need one: shopping for his wife, walking the pretty neighbor's dog, and so on. Everybody likes Gianni, but is it for the right reasons? Doesn't his wife profit by the situation (she still works so it is only logical that Gianni do all the chores)? Isn't he subject to the excruciating whims of his rich mother?... Sure, everybody LIKES Gianni, but who LOVES him? Agreed, being kind to them, he is the ladies pet, but he does not attract them anymore. That is why, when his macho lawyer friend Alfonso blames him for not having young mistresses "like every other senior Italian male", Gianni, who is beginning to ask himself questions about what it is like to become old, starts chasing dames...

Writers: Gianni Di Gregorio, Valerio Attanasio

Gianni Di Gregorio - Giovanni Brandori detto Gianni
Valeria De Franciscis - La madre di Gianni (as Valeria De Franciscis Bendoni)
Alfonso Santagata - l'avvocato Alfonso
Elisabetta Piccolomini - La moglie di Gianni
Valeria Cavalli - Valeria
Aylin Prandi - Aylin
Kristina Cepraga - Kristina
Michelangelo Ciminale - Michelangelo
Teresa Di Gregorio - Teresa
Lilia Silvi - Lilia
Gabriella Sborgi - Gabriella
Laura Squizzato - Laura
Silvia Squizzato - Silvia


Official Website: Official site [Italy] |

Release Date: 11 February 2011

Filming Locations: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Gross: €850,699 (Italy) (4 April 2011)

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Swiss censorship certificate #1008.258.

User Review

Another gem by Gianni Di Gregorio

Rating: 10/10

After Mid August Lunch, another little great movie by Di Gregorio. In this second film, the mise-en-scene has become more mature, as also the structure of the script. The realism of the acting and dialogs are the same of Mid August Lunch, giving freshness and comic reliefs to the story. The plot is about a 60 years old man who suddenly understands he's become "transparent" for women, simply they don't look at him in "that certain way" anymore. But this is the surface of the movie, the funny "hook" of the storyline. What really matters to Di Gregorio is something else, something deeper, related to the loneliness of a man facing old age. So sometimes the film takes a different way, turning from the comedy for a moment, with beautiful flashes of melancholy and bittersweet fatalism which reach levels of great cinema. The Salt of Life suggest the birth of a new author.


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