Facing Windows (5/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
The film opens in a
bakery in which one man kills another and runs out into the nighttime.
He comes to a crossroads, stops, ponders, and then chooses one over the
other and runs away.
Sixty years later
Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her husband, Filippo (Jilippo Nigro)
run into a confused elderly man (Massimo Girotti) on a bridge. Against
Giovanna’s wishes, Filippo brings him into their home, which also
houses their two small children. All they know about him is that he calls himself Simone. Who
is Simone? What is his problem and story?
Giovanna’s problems are the fact that Filippo is a gross
underachiever, she has a job she doesn’t like, and there’s an
attractive man in the next building that she watches from her window.
All these things
come together in her life to make it even more complicated before the
light dawns. This is a story that could easily have been told in 80
minutes. At 108 minutes it is extraordinarily slow and draggy. In
Italian with subtitles.
May 28, 2004