THE LIFE AHEAD – “Sophia Loren’s fabulously fierce performance makes it a must watch”

TheLifeAhead

RATING

DIRECTOR

Edoardo Ponti

STARRING

  • Sophia Loren as Madame Rosa
  • Ibrahima Gueye as Momo
  • Abril Zamora
  • Renato Carpentieri
  • Babak Karimi
  • Massimiliano Rossi

SYNOPSIS

Is based upon the novel The Life Before Us by Romain Gary. 

An aging Holocaust survivor forges a bond with a young immigrant from Senegal who recently robbed her.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Yes, yes, The Life Ahead is beautifully heartfelt and all, but Sophia Loren’s fabulously fierce performance makes it a must watch. Seriously, the famed actress, now in her late 80s, is just as commanding of the screen as she was 60 years ago – maybe more so. This particular role (a second mother to children of prostitutes) seems tailor made for the star, giving her a true showcase for her talents. Sensible, stern, and surprisingly funny, look to see Loren top those upcoming “Best Actress” awards lists. The story is admittedly not all that original, however, providing little in the way of narrative surprises. Luckily, what we do get is a rather genuinely sincere bit of “odd couple bonding” that is sure to tug at audience heartstrings. So, with effective storytelling and powerful performances (not to mention a gorgeous backdrop of an Italian port city), The Life Ahead makes for a shining cinematic gem in a year so badly in need of them!

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