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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Massimo Girotti
Raoul Bova
Serra Yilmaz
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Filippo Nigro.
Directors
Ferzan Ozpetek.
Screenwriters
Ferzan Ozpetek
Gianni Romoli.
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Facing Windows
Ferzan Ozpetek's touching tale of regret and redemption


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Plot
An unhappily married woman becomes fascinated with an amnesiac old man, a Holocaust survivor, who brings together the woman and her handsome neighbour from across the way.


Review
Massimo Girotti turns in one of the finest performances of his long career in Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek's touching tale of regret and redemption.

As the amnesiac survivor of the concentration camps, Girotti not only provides the film's emotional core, but he also serves as the excuse for unhappily married Giovanna Mezzogiorno to get together with her handsome neighbour (Bova), as they unravel his muddled memories.

Typically, Ozpetek's sense of place is exemplary, but he doesn't always successfully marry the contrasts between Mezzogiorno's domestic discontent and Girotti's suppressed persecution.


Verdict
Sadly, the culinary conclusion only leaves a saccharine aftertaste to what had previously been a deliciously bittersweet story.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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