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Facing Windows Reviews

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Boyd van Hoeij

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.

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August 17, 2005
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Sus mayores logros quizás están en la manipulación de los dos tiempos en que se narra la película (...)

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2005
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

[It] gives off a lot of pleasure: in the performances, the texture, the moment-by-moment changes in emotional temperature.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Strong performances by Girotti ... and Mezzogiorno make director Fernan Ozpetek's dovetailed stories of forbidden love compelling and vibrant.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A shallow melodrama that seems more suited to daytime television or one of those Lifetime cable network movies.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

September 17, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

September 9, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Undermines its central mystery while posing another: 'What in God's name is this film trying to say?'

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The characters are compelling enough to make it worth plowing through the subtitles.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2004

Blends romance, mystery and fantasy to beguiling, if slightly bewildering, effect.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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...

| Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2004
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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There are two stories in Facing Windows, one of them profound and deeply moving, the other pure soap opera.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2004
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Provides a fine showcase for a rising star of Italian cinema, Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... and a final salute to an Italian veteran, Massimo Girotti.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its easily digestible lessons on life failed to stimulate my more hard-edged appetite.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 2, 2004
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Well-intentioned but overburdened.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

August 1, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Mezzogiorno...rises about the melodrama with a soulful grace that recalls Monica Vitti in her Antonioni films.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

July 30, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As the relationship progresses between Giovanna and Davide, Facing Windows becomes refined with deeper truths.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The mysteries begin to clear up and the movie goes to hell.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 23, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Thanks to fine performances and a grounded script, the pieces of this intriguing little puzzle all manage to fit.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

July 22, 2004
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