Originally posted November 15, 2010
Mid-August Lunch is as light and delectable as the title implies. This charming Italian comedy stars Gianni de Gregorio (who also wrote and directed) as an unambitious 60-ish bachelor who lives at home where he cooks and cares for his aging and slightly demented mother (Valeria de Franciscis). The pair quietly subsists on Mom’s pension check, much of which Gianni spends at the local wine shop.
Ironically, the ravages of age often cause our respected, revered elders to revert to childish behavior; at times becoming indistinguishable from two-year-olds. Mid-August Lunch is one of the first films to deal with this phenomenon in a comic, but realistic way. And let’s hope it’s not the last, for it provides a much needed catharsis for what sociologists have dubbed “The Sandwich Generation”.