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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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Credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Madame Rosa
Ibrahima Gueye ... Momo
Renato Carpentieri ... Dr. Coen
Iosif Diego Pirvu Iosif Diego Pirvu ... Iosif
Massimiliano Rossi Massimiliano Rossi ... Spacciatore
Abril Zamora 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 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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Sophia Loren's third movie under the direction of her son Edoardo Ponti. See more »


Remake of Madame Rosa (1977) See more »


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Really Good but Lacking Something
14 November 2020 | by Blk_Ne190See all my reviews

I was really excited to watch this as it really seemed like the type of film i love. I was unfortunately a little disappointed.

The movie looks great and it made me want to visit this gorgeous seaside town. Every scene has this warm, golden glow from the sun, it looks so good.

The acting is also great too, both leads did a great job. I think they really help keep this film afloat because it has a mixture of different problems that weigh it down.

I can't exactly put into words what it was missing but it just didn't fully click. It was a little bit surface level and i wanted to really get to know these characters and really feel the happiness and sadness that they feel. I didn't feel much of a connection between the two main characters. I wish they had jus done a little more to show us them bonding.

I also think the score and soundtrack is really here, there and everywhere. It really effected the film for me and took me out of it. Some parts where subtle and melancholy but then it has these really modern songs blasting out and sometimes a different score playing that just seemed really out of place. I guess i wanted more of the sad, moody score.

I think that describes what i wanted from the whole movie to be honest. I just wanted more emotions, more sadness, more happiness. Don't get me wrong the ending is pretty sad but i just think it would have had such a bigger pay off with more emotions before hand.

I would definitely give it a watch as it looks great and the acting is as well. I don't know it just didn't click the way i was hoping it would.

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Release Date:

13 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bari, Italy

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2.39 : 1
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