In another of the actress’ great collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren plays Giovanna, a steel-willed Italian woman on a desperate search to find her husband Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who has gone missing on the WWII battlefields of Russia.
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In this absolutely heartbreaking film, Vittorio De Sica captures a rare intimacy that is often lost in modern war dramas, anchored by the powerful performances by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni!
Over baked melodrama that never really gets off the ground. Sophia Loren is wasted here in a matronly role but its the script that really sinks this one. The first third is promising but really sinks after the Russian reveal. A disappointment after the neo-realist films and the sixties comedies.
Sophia Loren stars as a strong willed Italian woman who sets out to find her husband after he goes MIA on the Russian front in WWII. Vittorio De Sica demonstrates his considerable versatility in this tragic and deeply emotional melodrama that is a big departure from both his Neorealist roots and his comedies of the 1960s.
Vittorio De Sica's Sunflower is an interesting look at the power of a love that never really got the chance to bloom. The film covers a wide stretch of time, and Sophia Loren is especially excellent in her portrayal of how that passage affects her.
The drama of a couple and of a country torn apart by the WWII.
De Sica's sharp 'eye' is there and Loren and
Mastroianni's greatness is enhanced by Guerra's solid and dynamic writing.
Characters evolve coherently and naturally and the story sink deep into their motivations and their scars.
By masters' hands and hearts, only precious gems.
(PS. you will cry)
Ridiculous score that completely missed what few great things this film had. MUBI, it's one thing for some of the provincial idiots at the academy to praise it (I've eaten lunch several times with a voting member and heard their thoughts as they went through that year's entires), but you all should know better. Nino Rota vanished from history? You have amnesia for scores? Worst "Our Take" I've seen, by far.