Slender as a strand of capellini, as Italians call angel-hair pasta, Mid-August Lunch is a pleasant taste of Roman life.
The semi-autobiography starring, written, and directed by Gianni di Gregorio (who cowrote the Neapolitan gangster saga Gomorrah) is the tale of a fiftyish bachelor, Gianni (di Gregorio), devoted to his nonagenarian mother (Valeria de Franciscis). Gianni lives on credit to care for the matriarch, who herself resembles a strand of capellini topped with a saucy blond bouffant. Think Elaine Stritch.
It's a humid August in the Trastevere neighborhood, where Gianni fortifies himself with wine and Mom with home cooking. Seeing how lovingly Gianni takes care of Mamma, his creditors, the building manager and the family physician, dump their older relatives on Gianni for the August holiday of Ferragosto.