Facing Windows (2003)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 28
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Young married couple Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Filippo (Filippo Nigro) have been married long enough to have become almost completely jaded by their lots in life, with most of their individual aspirations having been set aside some time ago. As their marriage begins to fall apart, the two encounter a strange old man (Massimo Girotti) who calls himself Simone since he can't seem to recall his real name or much about his past history. Filippo brings the man home to stay with them, which
Apr 10, 2004 Wide
Nov 2, 2004
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The characters are compelling enough to make it worth plowing through the subtitles.
There are two stories in Facing Windows, one of them profound and deeply moving, the other pure soap opera.
Ozpetek ends up with a lot of balls in the air, and he has to do some scrambling to keep up. He pulls it off, but it feels like he's making this harder than it needs to be.
As the relationship progresses between Giovanna and Davide, Facing Windows becomes refined with deeper truths.
Thanks to fine performances and a grounded script, the pieces of this intriguing little puzzle all manage to fit.
The film's puzzlelike structure is a help; Simone's secret may not be hard to guess, but watching him work it out with the aid of Giovanna and Lorenzo consistently holds our interest.
Cast and production values are serviceable but bland and there are some hiccoughs in the story, making this intriguing film perhaps best suited for a viewing on DVD at home.
Sus mayores logros quizás están en la manipulación de los dos tiempos en que se narra la película (...)
[It] gives off a lot of pleasure: in the performances, the texture, the moment-by-moment changes in emotional temperature.
A stylish film, but a contrived one that wears on its characters like a straitjacket
Strong performances by Girotti ... and Mezzogiorno make director Fernan Ozpetek's dovetailed stories of forbidden love compelling and vibrant.
A shallow melodrama that seems more suited to daytime television or one of those Lifetime cable network movies.
Ozpetek continues to explore his pet themes in his latest film while toning down the melodramatic excesses and meandering storylines that dragged down his previous work.
Undermines its central mystery while posing another: 'What in God's name is this film trying to say?'
Blends romance, mystery and fantasy to beguiling, if slightly bewildering, effect.
Aspires to be a self-actualization session for stifled wives, a plea for gay rights, a Holocaust story and a class in pastry appreciation, all at once...
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