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Ferzan Ozpetek (writer)
Gianni Romoli (writer)
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  (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
Gian Filippo Corticelli  (as 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 .... first assistant director
Marcello Montesanti .... 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
Benni Atria .... sound editor (as Benedetto Atria)
Doug Cooper .... re-recording mixer
Marzia Cordò .... dialogue editor
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Robert Farr .... 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 .... Production sound recording - Rome (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 (additional)
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
Rachel Bolt .... viola
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 Cimarelli .... production accountant
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
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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Rated R for language and some sexuality
106 min | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Rear window, 10 July 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Having seen all of Ferzan Ozpetek's films, I looked forward seeing this new picture, which just started a commercial run locally. Without a doubt, this is even more complex than the ones before. Mr. Ozpetek is a director that shows great talent. He has worked in the screen play as well.

This is a film that presents two stories that are completely different from one another. The beginning of the movie takes us back to 1943 Rome, at the height of the war. We witness what happens in the opening sequence without any knowledge of how will it play in the total outcome of the picture.

The film then changes to present day Rome. We see Giovanna and Filippo, who are struggling to make ends meet. They meet one day a mysterious old man who is trying to give them money. They end up bringing him home since the local police can't do anything. This man, Simone, has the clue to the puzzle of the first part of the film, but that will come at the end.

Giovanna's marriage to Filippo is in danger of failure. Giovanna suddenly discovers a life in the apartment across the street. Lorenzo, who lives alone, turns out has been spying on Giovanna as well. They get to meet, but common sense prevails and their possible relationship never amounts to anything.

Giovanna Mezzogiorno is one of Italy's leading actresses. Not only is she attractive, but she can act, as well. Miss Mezzogiorno has one of the most expressive and beautiful eyes we have seen in a long time. Not only that, but she expresses so much by looking directly into the camera.

Massimo Girotti, another great figure in the Italian movies is the mysterious Simone, who in reality is Davide, a master dessert chef who owned one of Rome's most prestigious pastry shop. Mr. Girotti's magnificent presence in the film makes the most with his pivotal role.

The film is deeply satisfying. Another great film by Ferzan Ozpetek.

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