LA SOPHIA HAS RETURNED which means 2020 can’t be considered a total wash. After a decade away, legendary screen actress Sophia Loren returns to give what looks to be a powerful, timely, brave, tear-jerking performance in The Life Ahead.
That looks amazing. Imagine if she snagged some major acting awards at 86 years of age. No tea no shade against some of her contemporaries, but there’s a lot to be said for waiting for the right role instead of accepting any wacky granny part that comes your way. It looks like she’s done a fabulous job of securing her legacy. Not that it needed any help, given her amazing career, of course. But what a wonderful sort of film to return to at the advanced end of your career: timely, nuanced, modern, speaking to the world that we actually live in and telling painful stories. Granted, having her own son Edoardo Ponti as director must have helped to coax her back. We sure hope the film lives up to the trailer, but looking at this majestic diva with absolutely none of her power or abilities diminished, we can’t imagine how it won’t.
Release Date: In Select Theaters November | On Netflix November 13, 2020
In the colorful Italian port city of Bari, the streetwise 12-year-old Senegalese orphan Momo (Ibrahima Gueye) has ambitions to make his fortune in the underworld of the town’s shady alleyways. One day, he steals a bag of items from the elderly Madame Rosa (Sophia Loren), a Holocaust survivor who makes a meagre living raising the children of prostitutes with whom she once shared the streets. When Momo is forced to apologize to Rosa, she reluctantly agrees to take him in temporarily and the two lonely individuals find an unlikely family in each other through a deep and unconventional bond. The kindred spirits become connected to a common destiny that will change the course of their lives. The Life Ahead is directed by Edoardo Ponti and adapted by Ponti, Ugo Chiti from Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. The film stars Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye, Renato Carpentieri, Iosif Diego Pirvu, Massimiliano Rossi, Abril Zamora and Babak Karimi.
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