Oh! Oh! Could Sophia Loren be up for an Oscar this year? How glamorous would THAT be?
She stars as Madame Rosa, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who now makes a meager living raising a number of children of prostitutes with whom she once walked the streets. Among those she takes in is Momo, a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan who steals her candlesticks. After he is forced to apologize, they form a relationship audiences around the world are not likely to soon forget.
It premieres worldwide on Netflix on November 13.
A previous 1977 movie version titled Madame Rosa starred Simone Signoret. Loren says remaking the movie has been a longtime dream of both her’s and her son.
“I was always a big fan of the book by Romain Gary. When my son proposed the role to me, it was a dream come true. I jumped at the opportunity to make it,” she tells Deadline. “First of all the story is so rich: it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s poetic but it’s also a story that is very timely as it deals with the importance of being seen and heard. It is also such a moving story of friendship between two characters that on the surface everything separates: race, religion, culture and generation, and yet they are two sides of the same coin. I loved portraying Madame Rosa. She is tough, she is fragile, she is a survivor. In many ways she reminds me of my own mother.”
The Italian-language film is still in post-production with Ponti supervising some of the dubbing of other versions such as English and French,
The Life Ahead is now being aimed as a key component of the Netflix awards-season plans. This one is high on the list of movies they will be campaigning this season.
Loren says she is very excited to be working with Netflix:
“I must say I am also thrilled that this film is being shown on Netflix and that it will be available all over the world at the same time,” she said. “I think this is the first time that this happens to one of my films. It’s very exciting.”