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Writers:
Ferzan Ozpetek (writer)
Gianni Romoli (writer)
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Release Date:
18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Past and Present Sentimentally Intersects in Contemporary Italy See more (48 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
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Past and Present Sentimentally Intersects in Contemporary Italy, 15 July 2004
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Facing Windows (La Finestra di fronte)" is like a very European and more sophisticated take on "The Notebook," as it shifts between romantic and culinary past and present through the in-and-out consciousness of an elderly man.

The "Rear Window" eroticism is just one element that accidentally brings together tangled, stymied lives swirling around lovely, exhausted, frustrated chef, wife and mother Giovanna Mezzogiorno, where each child, man, woman, friend and neighbor has separate priorities and fantasies that annoying real life interferes with, from the practical to the political.

Each character and their ties are both delightfully and surprisingly complex and the actors are so comfortable bringing each to complete life that you think you too should be able to come out of the theater speaking Italian so naturally.

But this is a frank, gritty, contemporary, urban Italy we don't usually get to see, with multi-racial immigrants, underemployment and a Fascist past.

The sentimentalism of the live with no regrets lesson is leavened by the seriousness of the final revelations and the compromises that each character still makes.

The music selections nicely fit each character.

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