Giovanna (frequent Ozpetek collaborator, Giovanna Mezzogiorno) is a young mother of two, beaten down by her marriage to hapless underachiever Filippo and her soul-sapping job as a poultry inspector. The last thing she needs is an amnesiac pensioner in her house, but that's what she gets when her husband invites Simone (the great Massimo Girotti, in his final film role) to stay after finding him wandering the streets of Rome. Gradually, Giovanna warms to the old man, especially when she discovers he shares her love of food. What's more, a tragic love in Simone's past seems to mirror her infatuation with Lorenzo (Raoul Bova), the dashing bachelor who lives opposite. Slowly, as the neighbours join forces to uncover the confused geriatric's true identity, Giovanna realises her life is at an emotional crossroads.
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Best Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Music, Italian Academy (David di Donatello) Awards 2003
Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Golden Ciak Awards 2003
Best Actor, Best Actress, Golden Globes Italy 2003
Best Original Story, Best Actress, Best Song, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2003
Best Actress, Best Director, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2003
CastDrama, Romance | Italy, Turkey, Portugal, UK | 2003 | 102 min
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro
A lush, surreally flavoured immersion in voyeurism and romantic dreams.
The New York Times