Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti
Category: IIB （Not Suitable for Young Persons and Children）
Duration: 105 minutes
Director Ferzan Ozpetek migrated from Turkey to Italy and
has made all his films there, including Hammam and Le Fate
Ignoranti. He incorporates themes of migration into all his
films. He also includes themes of sexual identity, especially
issues of homosexuality.
Facing Window is a very moving film, well worth seeing. It
opens in Rome in 1943 with the German occupation and a murder
which is not explained until the latter part of the film.
We appreciate the identity of the killer when the action moves
to 2002 but are not sure of his guilt or not. This gives an
edge to the film.
The focus is on a young working-class couple with two children.
She is an accountant in a chicken factory. He works in a trucking
station on the night shift. They have two children. They take
care of an elderly man in the street, find that he has lost
his memory and bring him to their home. He changes their lives.
The wife (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) is acerbic and critical. In
her initially reluctant helping of the man, she discovers
where her true values life both in the work she wants to do
and in her relationship with her husband and her attraction
to the bank manager whom she sees out of the facing window.
In a sequence where she looks across from the facing window
at her own apartment, we see the emotional conflict between
a new life and valuing what she has.
Massimo Girotti, veteran of more than 60 years in Italian
films, brings great dignity to the role of the old man, a
deep humanity that affects all those he contacts. It is through
him that a quiet plea for judging people beyond their sexual
orientation is made. This is a satisfying Italian drama.