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Facing Windows(La finestra di fronte)

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Italy, Turkey, Portugal · 2003
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Ferzan Özpetek
Starring Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro, Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Genre Drama, Romance

Giovanna is overburdened by work and a dull marriage; her husband’s job is precarious, and she is gaining interest in a neighbor. Then her husband brings home an elderly man with vague memories from 1943. As she cares for the man, she begins to reflect on her own life, and grows closer with the handsome man across the street…

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Los Angeles Times by

Far from a simple, feel-good story of self-discovery, Facing Windows delivers a challenging examination of loneliness and human interaction.


Variety by Deborah Young

Only partially succeeds in interweaving questions of family loyalty with historical memory and the fate of Italian Jews in WW2.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Ozpetek moves things along at a snail's pace and lays the sentiment down thickly. But it's a potent tale, wonderfully acted by Mezzogiorno and Massimo Girotti as the old man.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Probably best skipped - unless you have a penchant for shallow, "comfortable" foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.


L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

Structurally, it's ambitious, but emotionally the movie never quite connects, spending so much time laboring over its parallel storytelling and its cosmic connections that the characters remain at arm's length, as intangible as reflections in glass.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Despite its surreal touches and an improbable story that piles on the metaphors, the movie, which has a rich, honey-dripping score by Andrea Guerra, maintains a tone of refined heart-tugging realism.

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