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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 ...

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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
Luciana De Falco Luciana De Falco ... Marilena (as Lucianna De Falco)
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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 (98) »

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Desire knows no bounds.

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Drama | Romance

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 »

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La Finestra di fronte
Written by Andrea Guerra
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"You must demand a better life and not just dream about it"
12 June 2007 | by adinutzza2001See all my reviews

'La finestra di fronte' is a movie about discovering what you really want in life and finding the courage to follow this dream. The movie transmits a lot of mixed of emotions by means of two parallel stories, seeming similar at first, but which in the end prove to be each different and unique.

Giovanna is a married woman in her 30s with two children and finding herself in a confusing time of her life, having to deal with frustrations and disappointments. Her marriage seems to be falling apart while she starts fantasising about the neighbour she sees every day through her window. At this time a new event comes to influence her life: meeting an old man having lost his memory whom she takes for a few days in her house.

As the story unfolds, two forbidden love stories seem to come into shape. As Giovanna and Lorenzo, her neighbour, try to help the old man find his home, the passion they had created for each other while peering through each other's windows grows by each moment. At the same time, they start putting together the pieces to the puzzle of the old man's life and his forbidden uncompleted love for another man during the war.

Giovanna is oscilating between her passion for the mysterious neighbour and the responsibilities for her family, but in the end the old man proves to be the one holding the key to her confusion: "Don't be content to merely survive. You must demand to live in a better world not just dream about it". By discovering herself in his personality, Giovanna manages to realise what her real frustrations were and what was truly missing from her life. Through the metaphor of the window the movie describes the difficult attempt to understand our own frustrations and desires which might not always be what we think they are.


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