What Gianni Di Gregorio’s The Salt of Life shares with his previous film, Mid-August Lunch, is a sense of life’s lightness. Lunch was about a middle-aged man, played by the director, who becomes a granny-sitter to pay the bills. The new film is about the same man, now older, dealing with something he didn’t expect to find in his later years—sexual desire. His financial situation still sucks, he is slower, he drinks less. But life must go on, and it does. He lives in a crowded middle apartment, his rebellious daughter has a bad boyfriend, his young and beautiful neighbor (she owns a big dog) flirts with him but never crosses the line, the women from his past enter and leave the film, his mother, who was in Mid-August Lunch, continues to emotionally exploit him. But Gregorio knows these are all mild troubles, and that life could be so much worse. The movie ends on a high note. recommended

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