Facing Windows (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Facing Windows
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.
Audience Reviews for Facing Windows
A haunting film on memory, love and loss. Don't dismiss your dreams ~ Demand them!
A complex, multi-layered tale that tried to veer off into bodice-ripper land a couple of times, but managed to steer clear. Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her husband, Filippo (Filippo Nigro) find a disoriented old man on the street and take him in. The story revolves around their efforts to discover who he is and where he belongs. The presence of this mystery gentleman triggers repercussions in their marriage, their career choices, and their family dynamic. There was a voyeuristic aspect to the story that caused an overly Romantic diversion. This viewer felt that the story might have been stronger without that distraction. But, even allowing for that, the film itself proved to be quite entertaining. The actors delivered quite believable characters and the interactions were suitably complex, conveying mystery without being mystifying. The script seemed without unnecessary frills, except for the aforementioned romantic element, but even that cannot overshadow this viewer's general satisfaction. The scenery is muted as most of the action occurs at night, but there is beauty to be found in abundance here.
Intriguing. I have come to expect more from the top Italian films but this was interesting.
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