Thursday, December 3, 2009
Bread & Tulips
A quick word for those who enjoy the films that I enjoy and write about occasionally on The Buddha Diaries: here's an utterly delightful one to add to your list. It's called Pane e Tulipani ("Bread & Tulips"), and it's the story of a slightly ditzy Italian housewife who comes to the unexpected realization that her life is a bore, her husband a boor, and who just kind of wanders off into an excellent adventure of her own. It brings her to the back streets of Venice, where she bumps into a handful of oddballs like herself and creates a community in which she's able to rediscover herself, her humanity, her bliss. The movie is funny, moving, thoroughly entertaining. It's filmed with loving attention to the small details of life--the ones that count, in the heart as well as to the eye. A great rental, see if you don't agree.