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Facing Windows (2003)

La finestra di fronte (original title)
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 ...

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Ferzan Ozpetek

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Cast

Credited cast:
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Giovanna
Massimo Girotti ... Simone / Davide Veroli
Raoul Bova ... Lorenzo
Filippo Nigro ... Filippo
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Eminè
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Sara
Massimo Poggio ... Young Davide
Ivan Bacchi Ivan Bacchi ... Simone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiara Andreis Chiara Andreis
Veronica Bruni Veronica Bruni ... Tintora
Olimpia Carlisi Olimpia Carlisi ... Donna negozio stoffe
Ohame-Brancy Chibuzo Ohame-Brancy Chibuzo ... Alessio (as Ohame Brancy Chibuzo)
Carlo Daniele Carlo Daniele ... Marco
Rosaria De Cicco Rosaria De Cicco ... Barista
Lucianna De Falco Lucianna De Falco ... Marilena
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Storyline

Giovanna is a bookkeeper in a company which packs chickens. She is married to a man who has a precarious job. First she starts being curious about a young man who lives in the block opposite hers, and then she falls in love with him. The relationship between the two becomes much stronger when she starts to find out more about him from an old man who bursts into their lives. The old man, obsessed with the memories of some things that happened n the long past autumn of 1943, has lost his memory and finds refuge in Giovanna. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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italy | old man | memory | marriage | lost | See All (99) »

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Desire knows no bounds.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Turkey | Portugal | UK

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Facing Windows See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponte Sisto, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,340,061 (Italy), 2 March 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,061, 20 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$541,682, 10 October 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

Una lettera mai letta voca
Written by Andrea Guerra
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two "improper" love affairs
26 April 2007 | by ozlemdirSee all my reviews

One of the greatest Turkish directors ever, Ferzan Ozpetek has long proved himself as a director who doesn't only make good films but also makes them his own. With the elegant cast, the wonderful soundtrack and a cleverly knit story, La Finestra di Fronte is no exception to his brilliant movie-making.

Beginning with the suffocatingly ordinary life of a young couple in Rome and developing as the couple host a stranger, an old man in their house and the lead actress' "improper" attraction to a stranger about whom she knows nothing; the story unfolds into the impossibility of two parallel love stories. The story of two young men during the Nazi suppression; and that of a man and a married woman; two relations both of which are considered highly immoral in their respective environments.

Through the flashbacks, we are taken back to how love finds a way in a country under occupation and we see how the young woman sees her own love's fate in the old man's sad story.

Worth seeing, and seeing again.


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