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Facing Windows (2003)

La finestra di fronte (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2004 (USA)
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 ...


Ferzan Ozpetek
27 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »




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


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) »


Desire knows no bounds.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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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a magnificent film with most elegant senses
13 December 2003 | by ckiralSee all my reviews

As soon as I walked out of the movie theatre I said to myself I should write something about this film. But, who am I to write about it? I am not a journalist or somebody like that whose opinions are read all over. So, I started to talk about it to all my close friends. At least I could have influenced the people close to me. Then came IMdB to my mind. I sat down to write about it, but then it took me several minutes to hit the keyboard. No, it's not because there is nothing to write about the film. On the contrary, there is just so much to write, I can't figure out how to start.

Let me start to say like this: I watched it last night, and all my day today I have the frames hoovering around my mind, notes of the soundtrack ringing my ears. I spent extra hours in the middle of Istanbul's heavy traffic just get its soundtrack CD, but, my efforts in reaching it resembled Davide's efforts for finding Simone....all sold out.

As they say about some legendary directors, Ferzan Ozpetek's film has something to do with the fragile senses of life, not so much to bring tears into your eyes, but so much to tickle your fragile senses. He never chose to create a full blown drama, he never used cliche Hollywood tactics. In this film, it starts out to be a story of an ordinary middle class Italian family, having the typical life problems. Then, as the time passes, the film grows into itself and turns out to be one of the finest enjoyments of the silver screen. The scenes where Giovanna and Lorenzo chase Davide to the closed shop and then to the little caffee, the seemless changes of characters as the camera moves in circular motion, the dance of Davide with Giovanna, the cake making, all like a gentle hand caressing our fragile feelings. Excellent director of photography, magnificent music, larger than life actings of Mezzagiorno and Girotti were the reminicinces of last night's feast in my mind.

I don't know why, but Ozpetek always have something to say about gay relations. This film could have been as magnificent or may be more in a straight relationship story. Ozpetek moves his camera very gently, use the most relevent music themes to trigger quite elegant feelings of our lives. After seeing this film, I've realised how much I was surrounded by the cliche Hollywood films, all following pretty much the same formula. For those who haven't seen it yet, I guarantee at least that you shall experience a quite a different and interesting enjoyment, may be the most different one.

The film ended, and I stayed to the very end of the credits just to listen more of the great music. The last scene where he zoomed into Mezzagiorno's enchanting eyes was like a Sergio Leone closeup. Leone chose to zoom into his men with no name, Ozpetek chose to zoom into his real life characters...those characters that have the most elegant feelings in their eyes....and Giovanna Mezzogiorno...how can I describe that plain beauty? If I was to encounter somebody like her, I'd undertake all the penalties of life just to look a bit into her eyes. I wouldn't be able cook as good cakes as Davide, but do whatever it takes to make sure she stays there forever.

Go and see this film...make yourself a favor...get your feelings sense some of the most elegant moments of your life

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Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Facing Windows See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponte Sisto, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,061, 20 June 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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