8:00 PM, 5th June, 2012
** DUE TO PRINT-RELATED ISSUES, THIS FILM WAS POSTPONED FROM ITS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY 23 MAY AND WILL NOW BE SCREENED AT THIS NEW DATE AND TIME **
Gianni (Di Gregorio) is in his 60s, retired and keeps himself busy by helping those around him; walking his neighbours' dogs, tending to his elderly and demanding mother and so on. Despite doing all of the shopping and the household chores he is mostly ignored by his wife and daughter, and realises with dismay that while many younger women think that he is sweet, he no longer attracts them like he once did. When he learns that many men of his age and older have younger lovers, including his good friend Alfonso (Santagata), he begins to wonder if this is a possibility for him, and begins to explore his options...
While The Salt of Life could have easily turned into a nauseating film about a dirty old man, there is something endearing about Gianni and his attempts to spice up his life with a younger lover. It is a very European comedy, and because of that it probably gets away with a lot more than another film would - but it is genuinely funny and all the characters are loveable despite their various shortcomings. The Italian title for the film Gianni e le Donne actually translates to "Gianni and the Women", which might be a more accurate title as some of the best scenes come from watching him reinvent himself for the young women of Rome. A delightful film.