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The Life Ahead (La vita davanti a sé)

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In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.


  • Sophia Loren
  • Abril Zamora
  • Babak Karimi
  • Renato Carpentieri
  • Ibrahima Gueye
  • Massimiliano Rossi
  • Francesco Cassano
  • Simone Surico
  • Nicola Valenzano
  • Malich Cissé

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Nov 13, 2020

There's one clear reason to watch The Life Ahead, but for those who appreciate cinematic history, it's a good one: Sophia Loren, still striking at 86, starring in this Italian-language film directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.

Brian Lowry
Oct 29, 2020

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. It's a lovely performance, full of pathos, from an esteemed actress whose wealth of experience illuminates this touching human drama.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Oct 29, 2020

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.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily