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The Life Ahead (2020)

La vita davanti a sé (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 13 November 2020 (USA)
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In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.


Edoardo Ponti


Ugo Chiti, Romain Gary (based on the book by) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Madame Rosa
Ibrahima Gueye ... Momo
Renato Carpentieri ... Dr. Coen
Iosif Diego Pirvu Iosif Diego Pirvu ... Iosif
Massimiliano Rossi ... Spacciatore
Abril Zamora ... Lola
Babak Karimi ... Hamil
Malich Cissé Malich Cissé ... Nala
Vittoria Loiacono Vittoria Loiacono ... Donna Ospedale
Cesare Pastanella Cesare Pastanella ... Musicista
Costanta Fana Pirvu Costanta Fana Pirvu ... Madre di Iosif
Rav Mario Sonnino Rav Mario Sonnino ... Rabbino
Simone Surico Simone Surico ... Babu
Nicola Valenzano Nicola Valenzano ... Molinari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco Cassano ... Carabiniere


In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, drug material involving minors, some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Like many Netflix funded productions, it was originally intended for this film to be given a limited theatrical run a few weeks before its Netflix debut, in order to make it eligible for awards season and to generate publicity in the press. However that plan had to be abandoned because of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, and the film went straight to streaming instead. See more »


Hamil: Momo. Use your words. Language is the greatest weapon. There's no need to stick a pencil in someone's throat.
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Remake of Madame Rosa (1977) See more »


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Written by Diane Warren
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A Good Sweet Film
16 November 2020 | by alindsay-alSee all my reviews

This film hit Netflix lately and I have now watched the Italian film The Life Ahead and here is my review for it. The premise of the film sees a Holocaust survivor take in a 12 year old boy who robbed her.

Main Character Sophia Loren is a legend of the film business, with almost 100 credits to her name in a 70 year long career and this is her first project in 6 years and she is really good here. Her character is strong and has so much heart to her, her story arc is really emotional and you see why she looks after this child due to her own personal grief. You will care about her character and you will care about her and the story she has with the young boy Mo.

Supporting Cast This film doesn't have a very big cast but everybody does good jobs in their small roles, but the standout is 12 year old boy Ibrahima Gueye who plays Mo and is a great young performance. You see how him and Loren need each other and how both of them coming into each others lives really affects them and makes them both better people and they do a great job of conveying that.

Story The story is a nice tale about how two completely different people can come into each others lives and affect it to make them both better and it achieves it well enough. It is a heart-warming tale that does its job well, but I mean it doesn't do that much to really stand out and push to the next level, it is a nice film but not a story that will stick with you for a long time.

Script The script is fine, some nice dramatic moments and nice charming bits of dialogue but similar to the plot, none of it will be very memorable and stand out but a nice enough written film.

Style The style does an effective job in showing the relationship between the two leading characters and using there time pretty effectively as it is only 90 mins long. But then maybe we could have done with a bit more time to have some elements of the story expanded and make us truly care but it doesn't.

Overall Overall, this is a pretty simple film to review, it is just a nice charming film that won't exactly stick with you. If you have ninety minutes and are fine with subtitles then The Life Ahead is worth a watch at some point.

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Release Date:

13 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bari, Puglia, Italy

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2.39 : 1
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