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  • Summary: Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy’s biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow... Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters? (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Natasha Senjanovic
    A gem whose intelligent, gentle, deadpan humor is entirely irresistible.
  2. 88
    The movie is a perfect blend of calm execution and uninflected farce.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A surefire pleaser for crowds of a certain age.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    The film is a slice of life, and although nothing earthshaking happens, at only 75 minutes long, it never quite tries your patience either.
  5. 75
    It’s a trifle, but a trifle that sticks.
  6. From its first minutes, Mid-August Lunch establishes a special tone and quality that could only be Italian. It's a mixture of warmth and gentle farce, tender observation and absurdity.
  7. It's tasty enough, and probably good for you, but at 73 minutes, the film is hardly a very filling entree.

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