The Salt of Life

Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Gianni Di Gregorio
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Good boy.


you could go to Ikea

and buy some curtains.

Isn't there a shop nearby?

- What else do you have to do?

- Nothing, but...

- Okay, do what you want.

- Don't get mad!

As if I would! I'm in such a rush...

I'm going out. Give me Riccardo,

I'll walk him for you.


- Are you going to the market?

- Yes.

- Can you get me some fruit?

- Alright.


Cherries and a pineapple.

- Anything else?

- No, thanks.

Here you are.


- Still sleeping?

- I have a headache!

I brought your fruit.

If you have a headache, you should

eat and drink lots of water.

- It'll go away?

- Sure.

Thank you, Gianni.

I'll pay you later.

- Yo, Gia'!

- Michelangelo, hi.

Your phone rang twenty times.

- Who was it?

- I didn't answer.

I've got a headache!

If no one answers, why keep calling?

You could have answered

at least once.

You all have headaches.

We went to a party last night

and got smashed.

Your daughter was wasted,

I can't stand her like that.

- She went ballistic.

- You argued?




did she say...

that she wanted to break up with me?

No, I don't know anything about that.

Have some jam

and don't think about it.

Here's the paper.

Michi, tell me, your folks,

don't they say anything?

What about?

About the fact you're gone all night,

or about work...

There's no work for anyone.

Even if you have a degree in Law

or Economics there's no work,

so imagine what it's like for me!

Isn't there something you like

doing? Do you have a passion?


We're organizing a couple of parties,

we might make some cash.


Do you know Maurizio?

He's always at the cafe down here,

wears a track suit.

Maurizio, yeah.

- He has a lover.

- The corner clerk?

What about her?


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