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½ July 9, 2010
a crystal clear description of a vague lust and affair.
(and the soundtrack was good!)
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2010
A haunting film on memory, love and loss. Don't dismiss your dreams ~ Demand them!
July 2, 2010
A very interesting concept done wrong. The problem is it's all over the place. No coherency in terms of that the director wanted to convey.
June 16, 2010
I like this movie and would recommend to see it. Besides other things a wonderful Giovanna Mezzogiomo alone makes it worth to watch.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2010
Part thoughtful drama, part soap opera, as an old man with memory loss gatecrashes into a squabbling married couple's life and proceeds to shake things up a bit. Watchable enough with some good observations and good acting along the way, but I'm not sure the ultimate message goes much beyond "follow your dreams", which Pixar does so much better.
½ April 20, 2010
Sweet Italian movie about a woman who develops a relationship with two men who have a profound impact on her life. I like that it went beyond the usual woman meets man plot line. The old man shares his passion with her that was not sexual and his legacy will live on through her.
½ April 14, 2010
If your culture invents the campest art form (opera) you would think it has little trouble with deviant sex. But no, Italy is hardly known for a fantastically open out of the closet queer culture. To the contrary, gay culture seems to be one of the most closeted I have come across for a country that has been part of the liberal west for a long time. The men may walk arm in arm along the street there, but you cannot presume they are anything else but friends. Last time friends of mine visited Italy they had huge trouble finding any gay clubs or saunas. Do I have to blame that church organization in Rome again for this? In contrast, queer representation in Italian art, be it cinema, literature or the plastic arts, has huge abundance: Fellini, Pasolini, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Versace... But when it comes to day-to-day Italian boys getting it on together, lovingly approved by La Mamma and patronized by La Famiglia, it's a totally different situation from, say, in Spain where the boys can get married and people like Almodovar have made a lifetime film career out of it. We watched a wonderfully romantic Italian film last night called "La Finestra di Fronte", which has a terribly sad gay side story of a young pastry chef who saved a lot of people during the war from deportation but had to sacrifice his secret lover to the Nazi round-up. If you have working gaydar you deduce that his secret hidden love is not heterosexual really soon but it takes almost until the end of the film for this to become explicit. Highly recommended and the totty award goes to Filippo Negri (husband of the film's main character, and doesn't appear enough times shirtless for my liking)
½ March 28, 2010
hayatin gundelik akisina kapilip, tutkularimizi kaybettigimiz bir dunyada, yeniden kendimizi tanimak ve kazanmaya calismak anafikri uzerinde kurulmus duygu yuklu, yonetmeni turk, kendisi italyan olan harika film. viva ferzan ozpetek
Super Reviewer
March 2, 2010
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.
½ February 20, 2010
Not a jewel but this movie has it's moments too.
January 21, 2010
Un'eccezione del cinema italiano, che spicca tra le opere recenti e riesce a raccontare una bella storia in un modo a se'. Colpi di scena e fiato sospeso fino alla fine ne valgono decisamente la pena.
January 11, 2010
Again, another criminally underrated movie by RT community, this effective Italian drama features a superb central performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and characters that one can relate to in reality. The relationships between Giovanna and her husband/neighbor/Simone the old man all feel genuine. And the dilemmas she live sound true and compelling. I recommend this for anyone who appreciates character-driven dramas, where the focus is on the development of these characters and narrating a simple yet effective story, with one really heart-wrenching subplot about one old man's lost love.
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2010
Intriguing. I have come to expect more from the top Italian films but this was interesting.
December 27, 2009
My first Italian film and I loved it! The trailer made it looks sleazy but it wasnt like that!
½ December 25, 2009
Beautiful Italian movie from a Turkish director. Unrequited love, Infidelity but the movie is not about that, more so it's about people you come into interactions with and how some of them leaves a part of them in you.
½ November 17, 2009
Well, this is a mishmash of ideas thrown together and then seeing if it stands or falls as a film.
It falls. The performances aren't bad, but there's too many ideas buzzing around and not enough time spent developing them so the story becomes something of an incoherent mess - at times veering into complete nonsense. The sheer arrogance of the message this film is trying to convey is annoying enough, but the ending manages to be the icing on the cake for a film unworthy of anyones time.

On second viewing, it's still a load of old nonsense.
November 16, 2009
A complicated but atractive film which would confuse the hell out of the average film watcher. Would require more than one watch to truly be comfortable with your own interpretation, but worth seeing if you like films that make you think.
October 24, 2009
It starts very well, but after a while it kind of drifts away. Seems that they couldn't really decide on what the movie should be about. Is it about Davida, the old man bearing on a secret from WWII or is it about Giovanna's unhappy marriage? I also found it a bit too conventional and sentimental.
September 28, 2009
Muy buena historia! Mucho amor y lágrimas a emocionarse!!
½ September 1, 2009
A passing film on a rewarding topic: a relationship between a homosexual confectioner, who survived the Holocaust, and a beautiful young woman. The woman is beautiful, the confectioner is old and homosexual and has devastating memories, and the story does not need much more than that to push this film up to a film of the month in a European theatre (in fact, it does have slightly more).
And it features many cakes.
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