The Salt of Life

Gianni is sixty. He is retired but has not become lazy for all that. In fact he is a helpful fellow who gives a hand to all those who need one: shopping for his wife, walking the pretty neighbor’s dog, and so on. Everybody likes Gianni, but is it for the right reasons? Doesn’t his wife profit by the situation (she still works so it is only logical that Gianni do all the chores)? Isn’t he subject to the excruciating whims of his rich mother?… Sure, everybody LIKES Gianni, but who LOVES him? Agreed, being kind to them, he is the ladies pet, but he does not attract them anymore. That is why, when his macho lawyer friend Alfonso blames him for not having young mistresses “like every other senior Italian male”, Gianni, who is beginning to ask himself questions about what it is like to become old, starts chasing dames.

Mid-August Lunch

Gianni, 50 ans et des poussières, vit avec sa maman dans un grand appartement au coeur de Rome, où il s’occupe de tout : cuisine, ménage et courses. Acculés par les dettes, l’ensemble de la copropriété menace de les expulser car ils n’ont pas payé leurs charges depuis plusieurs années.Le syndic d’immeuble, Alfonso, propose alors à Gianni un marché insolite : garder sa mère pendant le week-end du 15 août, contre l’effacement de cette dette. Le jour dit, Gianni voit arriver non seulement la mère d’Alfonso, mais aussi sa tante…Victime d’un malaise, Gianni appelle son ami médecin, qui lui demande à son tour un service…


An inside look at Italy’s modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the “values” that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta, have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal live.