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Like any good Italian boy, Gianni loves his mama, and he’s happy to look after her on summer days when seemingly all of Rome has escaped to the beach. His reluctant kindness does not go unpunished, though—a member of his condo board asks him to take in his mother for the weekend in exchange for an erasure of debts, but then shows up with his aunt in tow, too. Then his doctor arrives to beg a favor and deposit his mother with Gianni, who finds himself babysitting four very cantankerous elderly women for the weekend. It’s like Golden Girls meets Sofia Loren, as the tarty Italian matrons bicker over the TV and the cooking and flirt with Gianni, a 40-something confirmed bachelor. But The Mid-August Lunch truly depicts the loneliness of old age, and sweetly shows its antidote: hospitality, over a mouthwatering dish of pasta.