Bread and Tulips

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Bread and Tulips
Bread and Tulips poster
Directed bySilvio Soldini
Produced byDaniele Maggioni
Written byDoriana Leondeff
Silvio Soldini
StarringLicia Maglietta
Bruno Ganz
Giuseppe Battiston
Antonio Catania
Marina Massironi
Music byGiovanni Venosta
CinematographyLuca Bigazzi
Edited byCarlotta Cristiani
Release date
3 March 2000 (Italy)
27 July 2001 (New York City)
Running time
114 Min
Box office$8,478,434 (INT)[1]

Bread and Tulips or Pane e tulipani is a 2000 romance comedy film directed by Italian Director Silvio Soldini. The movie stars Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz as Rosalba Barletta and Fernando Girasole. The film was an official selection at numerous film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


[Non-Spoiler Version]

During a family vacation on a bus tour, a woman is accidentally left behind at a rest stop. She quickly gets tired of waiting for her family to pick her up, so she continues her vacation on her own, in an unplanned quirky, where ever it may lead. Random circumstances and chance meetings make for a wonderful positive story of independence, destiny and love.

[Warning - Spoilers]

An Italian housewife from Abruzzo, Rosalba Barletta (Maglietta), finds herself stranded during a family vacation. Instead of waiting for her controlling businessman husband, she hitchhikes her way home, only to impulsively detour to Venice. She finds accommodations with a restaurant maître d'hôtel, Fernando Girasole (Ganz), and soon finds herself enjoying her new life. Meanwhile, her husband has sent a bumbling plumber who has come for the interview to his company, Costantino (Battiston), as a private detective to find her. After meeting and falling in love with Grazia, Rosalba's neighbor across the hall, Costantino calls Rosalba's husband and quits his detective job, claiming that he is unable to find her. However, her husband's mistress Ketty appears and convinces Rosalba to return to her home in Pescara, as Rosalba's son has taken to drugs during her absence. Considering the vital importance of her return to her parental duties, she abandons her Venice life and returns home to her family. Fernando follows her and persuades her to return to Venice with him. Rosalba realizes her love for Fernando and returns with him to Venice. The movie ends with all the characters dancing gaily to surreal music in the stunning moonlight.



Box office[edit]

The film was released on July 27, 2001 and grossed $32,933 in the opening weekend. It went on to gross $5,318,679 in the American market and $3,159,755 from the overseas market for a worldwide total of $8,478,434.[1]


  • 5 Nastro d'Argento: Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
  • 9 David di Donatello: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best sound, Best supporting actor (Giuseppe Battiston) and Best supporting actress (Marina Massironi ).


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