An autobiographical drama adapted from a book by Loren's sister, Anna Maria Scicolone, it begins with Loren's birth as the illegitimate daughter of Riccardo Scicolone and Romilda Villani (... See full summary »
Algiers, 1940. MAMAN TITINE has lived alone with her five children ever since her husband JOSEPH, a Jewish post office employee, set off for Paris with forged papers to find work. Maman ... See full summary »
Maria and Jeffrey are a married couple in their seventies. Their marriage is in crisis. However, Maria tries to get their two sons and one daughter, Francesco, Marco and Miriam, their ... See full summary »
F. Murray Abraham,
'Human Voice' is based on Jean Cocteau's iconic one woman play of the same name. Set against the backdrop of Naples, Italy, in 1950, this romantic drama tells the story of Angela, (played ... See full summary »
Enrico Lo Verso,
At the beginning of the century, in Italy, a wealthy woman Francesca (Loren), adopts a poor little girl named Nunziata. The years pass, Nunziata falls in love Federico (Bova), her adoptive brother, son of Francesca.
The marriage between Peppino and Rosa has continued for about thirty years. They live in a large house with sea view in the Rione Terra together with their sons Rocco and Giulianella, the grandfather Don Antonio and Aunt Amelia.
Luca De Filippo,
Luciano De Crescenzo
Coming & Going is an irreverent romantic comedy that poses the question: How far would you go to capture the heart of the one you love? Lee (Rhys Darby) is a young, skilled OBGYN who lacks ... See full summary »
Vittorio Innocente, a young man, estranged from the tragedies of his Italian immigrant family, has spent his adult life denying his past. When his estranged father starts to stalk ... See full summary »
A war vet finds out that a former prostitute had his baby. Doubting it's his, he gives it away, so she reports him. Twenty years later, she still wants to find her son. She meets a young man and falls in love, but the vet's prison term ends.
Toronto, 2001. Three women in spiritual crisis. In secret from her dismissive husband, Olivia draws what she sees in dreams. Catherine, a world-class cellist, has abandoned her husband and daughter to hunt down her father. Photojournalist Natalia, in her famous father's footsteps, scores her first Time Magazine cover, but realizes she has paid an incalculable price for the photo. Olivia has another secret besides her art; Catherine makes discoveries about her father; Natalia receives a gift that's undeserved: these complications push each woman in a new and unexpected direction.Written by
Movie casts two Oscar winners, Sophia Loren & Mira Sorvino, And two Oscar nominees Gerard Depardieu and Peter Postlethwaite See more »
When John first looks at Olivia's charcoal drawings, the light reflecting off the paper shows it to be a smooth, semi-gloss surface. Neither the drawing paper for charcoal nor the medium itself reflects light in this way; these appear to be photographs of charcoal drawings. See more »
Between Strangers is one of the rare movies I've seen that claims to have a woman empowerment message and actually succeeds. Usually, those movies end up saying all women really care about are men, and no matter how strong their characters are supposed to be, they let their lives be ruled by the pursuit of or treatment by men. This movie isn't really my cup of tea, but I certainly liked the consistency and the message.
Three women have completely separate lives, and each are unhappy in their own ways. Sophia Loren lives with her physically handicapped, emotionally abusive husband, Pete Postlethwaite. Mira Sorvino is following in her father's footsteps but unsure it's the right path for her. Deborah Kara Unger has abandoned her daughter and focuses all her energy on Malcom McDowell, her father recently released from prison. As you can tell, the movie starts out with each woman negatively influenced by a man.
As the movie progresses, each discover the direction that will start them on the right path. There was a scene that I fast-forwarded through because I felt it was only a vengeful, "wages of sin" scene: Malcom McDowell is homeless, and he gets harassed and beaten up by a bunch of punk teenagers, and it's pretty upsetting. Besides that, if this type of movie appeals to you, you'll probably like it. Look for Klaus Maria Brandauer as Mira's father and Gérard Depardieu as Sophia's confidante in the supporting cast.
Kiddy Warning: Obviously, you have control over your own children. However, due to violence and adult subject matter, I wouldn't let my kids watch it.
DLM warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not be your friend. About five minutes before the end, after Mira Sorvino drives away, the camera swirls in a big circle to show the building's roof, and that will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"
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