Mank and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom are not the only movies that Netflix will tout for Oscar consideration this year. Especially given the other film in question, The Life Ahead, will see the return of legendary actress Sophia Loren after a decade hiatus from the industry. Her reason for this hiatus was intentional, but simply because, in her own words “It just happened. I wanted to be inspired and challenged. I didn’t know any films that I wanted to do right away". Indeed it's easy to see why this new film managed to pull her out of her faux retirement. The film carries a lot of personal investment for Loren as well. Narratively, it's very reminiscent of her 1961 film Two Women (Which was produced by her late husband Carlo Ponti) for which she would win the Oscar for Best Actress. But, in addition, The Life Ahead is directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.
Based on the 1975 French novel The Life Before Us by Romain Gary, the story follows a Holocaust survivor, Madame Rosa (Played by Loren), who takes in and raises the children of prostitutes with whom she once shared the streets with. She particularly begins to form a bond with the 12-year-old street kid Momo (Played by newcomer Ibrahima Gueye) despite the fact he tries to rob her in their first meeting.
Today, the official trailer for the film has been released. Check it out below:
The Life Ahead co-stars Abril Zamora, Renato Carpentieri, and Babak Karimi. It is set to have a limited release sometime in early November before releasing onto the streaming service on November 13th.