CIR’s Final Lunch/Movie event of the year: Mid-August Lunch

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Final Lunch and Film of 2016:

Wednesday, October 5 – 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. lunch (galetta) provided by Clafoutis, 12:00 p.m. film begins (75 min.), post-movie discussion facilitated by former CIR board member,
Rob Reider

Location: CIR conference room, 413 Grant Ave. Suite D
Cost: $20 includes lunch and film

The deadline for this event is passed. If you are still interested in attending, please call the CIR office: 505-982-4931, ext. 102.

Come celebrate our final lunch/movie event of the year with a special galetta (French pizza) entree and dessert with salad prepared by Clafoutis, accompanied by a complimentary Prosecco toast and gelato with dessert! Other surprises…

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New York Times Critics’ Pick **** award winning film. Winner of numerous prizes at international film festivals, including Best First Film at Venice, the Satyajit Ray award at London, and the Golden Snail at the Academy of Food and Film in Bologna. Comedy/drama: 1 hour, 15 minutes; Italian with English Subtitles,

The ladies who lunch in Gianni Di Gregorio’s luminous sliver of a film “Mid-August Lunch” are Roman women in their 80’s+ who have gathered in a small condominium. The modest apartment is the home of Gianni, an unemployed 50-something bachelor, and his 93-year-old mother.

A dutiful, devoted son, Gianni, who has a mild heart ailment, always carries a glass of white wine in his hand. He is first seen patiently reading to his mother Valeria, an elegantly dressed and coiffed woman whose cavernous, deeply tanned face is beautiful despite alarmingly weather-beaten skin. When the condominium’s manager Luigi informs Gianni that his bill for electricity has remained unpaid for three years, a deal is struck. If Gianni will look after his mother, for a couple of days his debts will be forgiven. Luigi arrives not only with his mother but also with her sister. Coincidentally, Gianni’s doctor pays a visit to monitor his blood pressure and prevails on him to take in his mother who is afflicted with an array of ailments.  Reduced to sleeping in a deck chair, he is now single-handedly running what amounts to a temporary geriatric ward.

How these four elderly women interact and turn Gianni into a willing servant is the substance of “Mid-August Lunch,” a slender Chekhovian vignette about the joys and regrets of old age and the pleasures of sociability. All four women emerge as vital, quirky, independent spirits who eventually bond, after some initial friction. The performances by nonprofessional actors are perfectly natural. The movie’s scenes of food preparation are mouthwatering. When the women look back, it is with a sense of having lived full lives. The movie is a group portrait of people who are comfortable with who they are, savoring the pleasures of food and companionship and living in the moment. The movie glows as a warmly vibrant family drama and a comedy of manners.

CIR lunch/movie 2016 finale catered by Clafoutis (French Pizza and Salad)

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Clafoutis is the next best thing to being in Paris!  The owner/chef, Philippe Ligier, is a classically trained baker who creates luscious pastries, breads, crepes, sandwiches, soups and quiches that are simply wonderful. This little slice of the French countryside in Santa Fe is your best source for classic French bistro fare.