Young married couple Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Filippo (Filippo Nigro) have been married long enough to have become almost completely jaded by their lots in life, with most of their individual aspirations having been set aside some time ago. As their marriage begins to fall apart, the two encounter a strange old man (Massimo Girotti) who calls himself Simone since he can't seem to recall his real name or much about his past history. Filippo brings the man home to stay with them, which initially irritates Giovanna. Over time, she gradually befriends the confused old man and eventually notices a tattoo on his arm indicative of his being a WWII Holocaust survivor. Taking "Simone" to an old Roman ghetto, she helps him remember his name (Davide) and his time spent in that very ghetto -- which includes recalling the very painful memory of his lover Simone's capture and murder at the hands of the Nazis. Meanwhile, Giovanna has been spending her free time impulsively peeping across the street at her attractive neighbor Lorenzo (Raoul Bova) -- who in turn has been spying on her. Giovanna is thus forced to decide between Filippo and Lorenzo, as well as possibly realizing a long dormant professional dream that her new friend Davide may be able to help her undertake. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi
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Tiramisu in the afternoon - satisfying movie although predictable story line with a "made for TV" feel. If it were a novella instead of a DVD, one would read it on a sandy beach during the heat of summer. We all need an occasional romantic diversion such as La finestra di fronte, so relax and let yourself remember your lover who slipped away. As Simone said to Giovanna, "Not all passion grows into love." (The subtitles are very manageable) 7/7/2010
This movie is about the "soul" that drives individuals. It is a beautifully sensitive movie taht I enjoyed watching very much. American film makers rarely make movies like this one and it is a pleasure to see a movie about the true emotions of people and how they respond to them.