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

The Salt of Life

Listen to Alfonso, he's a lawyer.

The notary, Madam Valeria,

is going to read us a legal document.

Don't be concerned.

It'll be over in five minutes,

then we'll take you home.

Don't worry, Mum.

- May we start?

- Yes.

- We are here to...

- My mother knows all about it.

Really I...

The undersigned Valeria de Franciscis

born in Rome on 12/14/1915

and residing in Rome

on Quinto Orazio Flacco Street,

a retired widow,

social security number 1554...

hereby grants,

special power of attorney

to her son Giovanni Brandani,

born in Rome on 2/19/1949,

residing in Rome on Glorioso Avenue,

social security number 4919...

that he may,

on behalf of the undersigned,

undertake all necessary actions

to arrange and complete the sale

of her co-ownership rights...

Gianni, he said 'sale',

what's that got to do with it?

Excuse me, Mr. Notary,

maybe I didn't understand correctly,

but what's selling got to do

with my allowance?

Nothing, Ma'am.

Let's accompany Madam Valeria.

Madam Valeria, welcome back.

Is everything alright?


- Outstanding!

- Oh, please.

You made me look like sh*t

in front of the notary!

My mother forgets everything, I...

She's sharp as a tack, sharper

than the two of us put together!

She'll put me in the poorhouse:

Don't you see? She...

What if we went to a judge

for guardianship?

Guardianship for whom, Gianni?

You need guardianship yourself!

You said it first.

You've got a bombshell in there

and you don't say a word!

The girl?

She's a girl, I can't just go around

being an idiot!

She's a goddess, didn't you see her?

She's got a face like porcelain,

she's wonderful.

- I've seen her.

- Don't you like women anymore?

Read this.

"I'm thinking about you. "

Who's thinking about you?

She's totally crazy.

The other evening in Villa Borghese,

she suddenly started laughing

and running around.

I didn't understand why,

so I just stood there.

She ran faster, laughing...

I realized she wanted to be caught

so I started running,

my feet were flying

then I finally grabbed her.

We kissed like crazy

and then we fell to the ground,

laughing on the grass.

We became one body... wonderful!

You never in your whole life

forget things like that, Gianni.

It's pure poetry, beautiful.


Why are you looking at me

like that?

You could do it too if you wanted.

You have to make the first move,

get on with it.

These things can happen.

Sure they can!

See Maurizio?

He's been with that clerk

at the corner store for two years.

Maurizio? Are you nuts?

I saw him with my own eyes.

Two years!


Get on with it!


It's 7:

- Here's your coffee.

- Thank you.

Thank you.

- Hi, Daddy!

- Teresina!

- How are you?

- Fine.

- Sit down.

- No, I'm in a rush.

It's... I don't even have a watch!


- Can I?

- Sure.

Any sugar?

In there...

- Michelangelo's here.

- Again?

He stayed the night...

- I thought you two had broken up.

- Yeah, we did.

But we got back together again.

Some decisions are painful,

but they have to be made.

I'll leave him after my exams.

I'll get them out of the way,

then I'll have a freer mind,

a lighter heart.

What do you think?

That's a good idea.

I just can't do it all:

school, exams, his calls...

- I have to run.

- Alright dear, take care!

Bye, Daddy.

- Hi, Mum.

- Bye, love.

Can you pay the rent

at the post office?

Here's the money.

It's 200 Euros short.

I'll take it from my pension,



I wrote it all here:

can you go to the cleaner's,

pick up the toaster...

I did that, you didn't even notice.

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