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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Istanbul-born director Ferzan Ozpetek has outdone himself with this wise and ruminative mystery about memory, unfulfillment and yearning.
  2. Poignant and carefully observed, the Italian drama Facing Windows portrays two consuming, illicit romances: one in the present, the other kept alive in faulty memory. The long-ago relationship holds far more intrigue.
  3. Ozpetek brings a straight love story and world politics into the mix, but it's his brilliant cast which completes the connection.
  4. Despite its surreal touches and an improbable story that piles on the metaphors, the movie, which has a rich, honey-dripping score by Andrea Guerra, maintains a tone of refined heart-tugging realism.
  5. 50
    Gets off to a worthy start, but falls apart about halfway through.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    40
    This too-sentimental drama does feature a sterling performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as a love-struck housewife dissatisfied with her lot, thus providing the only watchable element of an otherwise disappointing movie.
  7. There's way too much schmaltz in the mix. Even the musical score bombs: Throbbing, eerie techno simply does not suit a character trapped in the 1940s.

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