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  • Summary: In The Salt of Life, a middle-aged retiree has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother; a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter with a slacker boyfriend whom he unwillinglyIn The Salt of Life, a middle-aged retiree has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother; a wife who is more patronizing friend than romantic partner; a daughter with a slacker boyfriend whom he unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Watching his “codger” friends snare beautiful younger women on the sun-kissed cobblestones of Trastevere, the man tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life—with both hilarious and poignant results. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 19, 2012
    83
    This being an Italian film, and Gianni being such a hapless, kindhearted aspiring Lothario, make this perhaps the sweetest movie ever made about a guy trying to cheat on his wife.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 3, 2012
    80
    On the surface, The Salt of Life may seem like a movie made just for old folks. The trick is that it really is about the youth that stays with you, even when your aging body is working hard to convince you otherwise.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Mar 31, 2012
    75
    The film is full of low-key but telling observations, mostly about Gianni's plight but also about modern life in general.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Feb 28, 2012
    70
    Di Gregorio's dialogue and performers are once again marked by a spontaneity and ease; who else working today treats so-called "middle age" with such jocular honesty?
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 28, 2012
    70
    Di Gregorio's performance sets the tone of dim hope and quiet forbearance, telling the story through reactions: an ever-accommodating smile that shades into a wince; sparkling, heavy-lidded eyes betrayed by vexed brows.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 15, 2012
    63
    The Salt of Life is about that moment in a man or woman's life when members of the opposite sex stop seeing them, and while the mood is jauntily sensual, the undertow is fierce.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 4, 2012
    30
    This Italian import may have greater resonance for the men of Casanova's native land than it does internationally, but it definitely hits on truths infrequently addressed in the movies.

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