Movie review: Facing Windows
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Rated R for language and some sexuality; in Italian with subtitles; 106 minutes; opening today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.
A bickering couple (Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Nigro) take in an old man (Massimo Girotti) they find wandering on the street. As the man regains his memories of the Holocaust and a lost love, Giovanna starts thinking about how different her life might be - if she pursued her dream of being a pastry chef, or if she had an affair with the hunk ("Alien Vs. Predator's" Raoul Bova) she sees out her kitchen window. Strong performances by Girotti (who died soon after filming) and Mezzogiorno make director Fernan Ozpetek's dovetailed stories of forbidden love compelling and vibrant.