The Life Ahead

The Life Ahead

The Life Ahead

A Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her in this Italian drama.

202094 minsItalyItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Edoardo Ponti ('Between Strangers', 'Human Voices')
Writer:
Fabio Natale
Cast:
Sophia LorenIbrahima GueyeRenato CarpentieriDiego Iosif Pirvu

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Reviews & comments

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Ponti fills this adaptation of the Romain Gary novel with an abundance of empathy, illustrating how all of us are nursing invisible psychic wounds, but the execution is so gauzy it never quite connects.

Variety

Variety

press

The film, modest and often maudlin on its own storytelling terms, runs on a current of beyond-the-screen devotion that makes it compelling. Without that unquantifiable x-factor presence in the frame, it’s hard to say what reason this Netflix release would really have for being.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

With its tough-minded characters from divergent cultures finding a common bond despite their differences, the film doesn’t deliver much in the way of surprises, but it turns out to be a starker and more honest piece of work than it might initially seem.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The Life Ahead is compelling enough to make the by-the-numbers narrative worth telling, if only because with such fine-tuned performances at its center, it deserves to be told.

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

While it is unabashedly sentimental and at times goes over the top with the symbolic melodramatic devices, it is a beautifully shot and heartwarming film, and the 86-year-old Loren is magnificent...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Slipping into the flavorful Neapolitan accent of her early years, Loren creates a warm-blooded, grounded character, whose feistiness ebbs slowly as the ravages of age, ill health and painful memory take hold.

New York Post

New York Post

press

The actress is absolute bliss in her new Italian drama, The Life Ahead.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Ponti fills this adaptation of the Romain Gary novel with an abundance of empathy, illustrating how all of us are nursing invisible psychic wounds, but the execution is so gauzy it never quite connects.

Variety

Variety

press

The film, modest and often maudlin on its own storytelling terms, runs on a current of beyond-the-screen devotion that makes it compelling. Without that unquantifiable x-factor presence in the frame, it’s hard to say what reason this Netflix release would really have for being.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

With its tough-minded characters from divergent cultures finding a common bond despite their differences, the film doesn’t deliver much in the way of surprises, but it turns out to be a starker and more honest piece of work than it might initially seem.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The Life Ahead is compelling enough to make the by-the-numbers narrative worth telling, if only because with such fine-tuned performances at its center, it deserves to be told.

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

While it is unabashedly sentimental and at times goes over the top with the symbolic melodramatic devices, it is a beautifully shot and heartwarming film, and the 86-year-old Loren is magnificent...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Slipping into the flavorful Neapolitan accent of her early years, Loren creates a warm-blooded, grounded character, whose feistiness ebbs slowly as the ravages of age, ill health and painful memory take hold.

New York Post

New York Post

press

The actress is absolute bliss in her new Italian drama, The Life Ahead.

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