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 ...
Giovanna has been married to her devoted husband for nine years. She carries the responsibility for the whole family. The strain of this begins to show when her overly considerate husband adds another burden by bringing home an elderly amnesiac, a man with a painful past.Written by
What a rich and satisfying film this is! The complexity of lives interweaving, with a transformative impact is a rare experience in this medium.
Life is full of chance meetings...often ignored...but in this film it is pivotal. A young couple, having serious relational problems, come upon a dazed old man on the street. His entrance in their lives, his own dramatic life and the wife's (Giovanna's) ultimate connection to him serves as a link to her profound choices...First, to risk a sexual encounter with the handsome neighbor she's watched through her facing windows and second, to recognize that her discontent has been with herself, more than her loving husband. The complexity of the old man's life...his survival of a concentration camp...giving up a beloved lover to save others...his success as a famous pastry chef...all contribute in a tangential way to Giovanna's transformation. The final scene is enormously moving and meaningful.
Don't miss this gem...if humanism, great performances and cinematic richness are important to you.
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