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Ferzan Ozpetek (writer)
Gianni Romoli (writer)
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Release Date:
18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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Desire knows no bounds.
Plot:
Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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21 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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"You must demand to live in a better world... Don't be content to merely survive." See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Giovanna

Massimo Girotti ... Simone / Davide Veroli

Raoul Bova ... Lorenzo

Filippo Nigro ... Filippo
Serra Yilmaz ... Eminè
Maria Grazia Bon ... Sara
Massimo Poggio ... Young Davide
Ivan Bacchi ... Simone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiara Andreis
Veronica Bruni ... Tintora
Olimpia Carlisi ... Donna negozio stoffe
Ohame-Brancy Chibuzo ... Alessio (as Ohame Brancy Chibuzo)
Carlo Daniele ... Marco
Rosaria De Cicco ... Barista
Luciana De Falco ... Marilena (as Lucianna De Falco)
Barbara Folchitto
Francesca Gamba
Benedetta Gargari ... Martina
Enrico Grassi ... Vittorio
Serena Habtom Mehari ... Microbo (as Serena Habton Mehari)
Flavio Insinna ... Uomo forno
Elisabeth Kaza ... Sorella di Simone, padrona negozio stoffe (as Elisabeth Kasza)
Patrizia Loreti ... Tintora Stiratrice
Francesco Martino
Caterina Quaranta
Maurizio Romoli ... La spia
Giorgio Sgobbi ... Barman
Thierno Thiam
Billo Thiernothian ... Giambo
Claudia Verdat
Giovanni Verdesca ... Cameriere

Directed by
Ferzan Ozpetek 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ferzan Ozpetek  writer
Gianni Romoli  writer

Produced by
Tilde Corsi .... producer
Gianni Romoli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andrea Guerra 
 
Cinematography by
Gianfilippo Corticelli 
 
Film Editing by
Patrizio Marone 
 
Casting by
Pino Pellegrino 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Crisanti 
 
Set Decoration by
Massimiliano Nocente 
 
Costume Design by
Katia Dottori  (as Catia Dottori)
 
Makeup Department
Marco Catalucci .... hair stylist
Aurora Gambelli .... key hair stylist
Anna Maria Romoli .... makeup artist (as Annamaria Romoli)
Ermanno Spera .... makeup artist
Maura Turchi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lilia Cioccarelli .... production manager
Giordano Esposito .... production supervisor
Maurizio Gallozzi .... unit manager
Giovanni Ledda .... production supervisor
Alessandro Mattei .... general organizator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrea De Sica .... second assistant director
Gaia Filardo .... assistant director
Gianluca Mazzella .... assistant director
Nicola Scorza .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Massimiliano Leoni .... assistant props
Lily Pungitore .... assistant production designer
Oreste Quercioli .... scenic painter
Massimo Sergianni .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Benedetto Atria .... sound editor
Doug Cooper .... sound re-recording mixer
Marzia Cordò .... dialogue editor
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Francesca Genevois .... assistant sound editor
Marco Grillo .... sound
Nigel Mills .... sound editor: UK
Claudio Paolucci .... boom operator
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Mike Ross-Trevor .... sound engineer (as Mike Ross Trevor)
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Mike Wood .... sound editor: UK
Maurizio Casula .... sound: UK (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fernando Sabelli .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Riccardo Beroli .... digital effects
Sergio Cremasco .... digital color timing
Alberto Mantini .... digital effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Andrei .... camera and steadicam operator
Daniele Anzellotti .... grip
Alessio Bastianelli .... focus puller
Umberto Bramucci .... electrician
Bruno Colanzi .... key grip
Francesca D'Antoni .... assistant camera
Simone De Marinis .... grip
Daniele Dessena .... grip
Romolo Eucalitto .... still photographer
Leonardo Fanone .... generator operator
Sergio Gabrielli .... grip
Gian Claudio Giacomini .... assistant camera
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Vincenzo Morabito .... electrician
Alessandro Rossi .... electrician
Marco Sticchi .... gaffer
Massimo Tanfani .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Costanza Bastanti .... assistant costumer
Natasha Marinacci .... wardrobe
Patrizia Martella .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Elide Camberini .... color technician
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color supervisor
Francesco Garrone .... assistant editor
Andrea Prosperi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Chris Cozens .... assistant music recording engineer
Ryu Kawashima .... assistant music recording engineer
Giannandrea Mazza .... music pre-production
Nigel Mills .... music editor
Luca Salvadori .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Laura Curreli .... script supervisor
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... master of arms
Leandro Fabbri .... production secretary
Vittorio Giovine .... production secretary
Jim Hajicosta .... post-production accountant
Germana Pierucci .... production coordinator
Michele Protano .... production secretary
Monica Verzolini .... production assistant
Arzu Volkan .... backstage director
 
Thanks
Massimo Girotti .... in memory of
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La finestra di fronte" - Italy (original title)
"The Window Opposite" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Runtime:
106 min | USA:102 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Massimo Girotti died on 6 January 2003 and the movie is dedicated to his memory. Before he was cast, Ferzan Ozpetek had considered also Jean Rochefort and Serge Reggiani for his role.See more »
Soundtrack:
La Finestra di fronte epilogoSee more »

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35 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
"You must demand to live in a better world... Don't be content to merely survive.", 1 August 2004
Author: TC Candler from Minneapolis, USA

"You must demand to live in a better world... Don't be content to merely survive."

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The warm colors, lovely performances, textured messages and thoughtful ideas that are layered throughout Ferzan Ozpetek's 'Facing Windows' will make you cherish cinema just a little bit more than you already do. It's a romantic treasure about unrequited love, familial responsibility, sexual longing and following the path in life that makes you happiest. The notion that you can really love someone else only when you've learned to love yourself may be a familiar one, but it is nice to be reminded every now and then. 'Facing Windows' is about all those things and the realization that the memories of those who truly touch our hearts can inspire us to live better lives.

Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her husband Filippo (Filippo Nigro) have settled into life. They both have jobs that make them unhappy. She works as an accountant. He works the graveyard shift because he is too weak to ask his boss for a daytime slot. They argue about money, sex, time and work... There is a subtle sense that this is a marriage whose love is dwindling fast. Perhaps they are only going through the motions for the sake of their kids.

One morning, the two of them are walking home and cross paths with an elderly man (Massimo Girotti). He is utterly disoriented and has lost his memory. And despite Giovanna's protests, Filippo brings him back to their home for the night so that he can take him to the police the next morning in the hopes of unraveling the mystery. As complications ensue, that one night stretches to a few days. The old man experiences strange episodes, flashbacks of sorts, that reveal clues to his mysterious past. His actions lead to a meeting between Giovanna and Lorenzo (Raoul Bova). Lorenzo lives across the street from Giovanna and their apartment windows face each other. The sexual tension between the two is quite palpable as they have both been secretly watching and lusting after each other from their dimly lit windows.

Giovanna and Lorenzo's instant friendship swiftly moves to flirtation and then to a passionate kiss. However, Lorenzo's job is transferring him to another city very soon and Giovanna is put in an awkward spot having to make a very quick decision. Her heart tells her she should act on her feelings. Her mind tells her to be responsible. Nevertheless, the two of them puzzle over the mystery of the old man as they try to come to terms with their feelings for one another.

The beauty of this film is the way in which it balances many layers of story and character. Everyone in the film has something interesting happening in their lives and it all seems to revolve around the influence of the old man. These days, we are lucky if films give us one thing to think about, let alone many things. 'Facing Windows' (aka La Finestra di Fronte) is delightfully stimulating for both mind and heart.

I have to point out the performances in this film. 'Facing Windows' swept the David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars) for good reason. The film is brilliant but the performances are spectacular. Giovanna Mezzogiorno has vaulted straight to the top of my list of favorite actresses with her role here and in 2002's lovely film 'The Last Kiss' (L'Ultimo Bacio). She is the most dramatic actress I think I have ever seen, able to combine genuine fragility with a toughness and intensity that will give you goose-bumps. She has the most cinematically beautiful face I think I've seen and a talent that is remarkably rare. In just two films, she has earned my trust entirely... I will be first in line to see anything else she does.

Massimo Girotti is equally powerful as the mysterious old man. He is able to convey every necessary emotion in this tricky role. This was to be Girotti's final role before passing in 2003. It is a performance you won't soon forget.

Raoul Bova and Filippo Nigro are great in the secondary roles and round out one of the best ensemble casts of 2004.

'Facing Windows' is one of those aesthetically marvelous Italian films that sounds as great as it looks. It is fun and surprising, unpredictable and touching. Giovanna Mezzogiorno is a special actress who is fast becoming one of Europe's biggest stars. You will be seeing a lot more from her in the next two decades. I cannot recommend a film much more than this one.

I highly recommend you seek this film out in theatres because it can take forever for these foreign gems to hit DVD (Sometimes up to 2 years). 'Facing Windows' will vie for a slot in my year end top ten list and deserves your time and money. Make an effort to find this great Italian film!

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TC Candler - Critical Mass Movies - www.tccandler.com

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