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The Salt Of Life

Gianni Di Gregorio, who made an exceptionally charming directorial debut at 59 with Mid-August Lunch (NZIFF09), returns with a more expansive but equally beguiling second feature. Once again he plays a protagonist named Gianni and once again he's being given the runaround by an aged mother played by nonagenarian Valeria De Franciscis Bendoni. She's not so disingenuous in her manipulations this time round; she's simply imperious, a magnificent old wastrel spending his inheritance on house parties, crate-loads of Krug and lavish gifts for the household help.

1hr 40mins long
M drug use

Valeria De Franciscis Bendoni
Valeria Cavalli
Teresa Di Gregorio
Michelangelo Ciminale
Kristina Cepraga
Gianni Di Gregorio
Elisabetta Piccolomini
Alyn Prandi
Alfonso Santagata