In this delightful follow up to the acclaimed 'Mid-August Lunch', the writer/director Gianni Di Gregorio also stars as a hen-pecked house husband, whose days are spent carrying out boring chores for his demanding wife, eccentric elderly mother, and vivacious neighbour. Romance, however seems to be in short supply until his old friend Alfonso decides it's time for Gianni to reacquaint himself with some of life's pleasures.
Written, directed and starring Gianni Di Gregorio the Salt of Life is an Italian language film about a retiree who is beginning to feel the social pressures of age.
Gianni, played by Di Gregorio, finds himself spending his retirement aiding those around him, doing chores for his wife, walking his neighbour’s dog, until a companion suggests to him that he is wasting his final chances of free time and furthermore encourages him to take a younger mistress like the other older Italian men.
Things are not as simple as they may seem however, Gianni feels a wealth of conflicting emotions about the suggestion, whilst his quest to find a lover do not go quite as smoothly as he had anticipated.
A little indulgent and lecherous at first glance The Salt of Life takes a more pleasant turn about a third of the way through when Gianni becomes less reminiscent of ex Italian President Silvio Berlusconi; after this point Gianni’s rather bizarre predicament is played out with a gentle comedy and rather endearing charm that make the situation far more forgivable. Far from a masterpiece of Italian cinema, The Salt of Life is still an interesting and surprisingly different movie.