Sophia Loren returns to the cinema after 11 years of absence. Loren, 86, stars in the upcoming Netflix drama The Life Ahead, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.
In the film, Loren plays Madame Rosa, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who helps raise the children of deceased sex workers she once walked the streets with. She then forges a lasting friendship with Momo, a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan who tries to steal her candlesticks.
This will be the second film adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel, following a 1977 film named after the main character, starring Simone Signoret.
After a premiere in Rome in October, the film will be available on Netflix a month later, with Deadline reporting that the streaming service will be running a massive rewards campaign behind the title.
Loren won his first Oscar in 1961 for Two Women, before receiving a second honorary Oscar in 1991 for “a career full of memorable performances which has added a permanent sparkle to our art form”.
The actor says she “jumped at the chance” to play the character, who reminded her of her own mother. She has worked with her son twice before, most recently on Between Strangers from 2002.
Edoardo Ponti, 46, is Loren’s second child with director Carlo Ponti, whom she married from 1966 until her death in 2007. Speaking to Deadline, he called his mother a “survivor … a thoroughbred in the best sense of the word. “.
He also indicated that the role – which requires him not to blink for an extended period of time – would give him the opportunity to showcase acting skills never before seen. “Sophia Loren has never done a party where she loses her sanity, when she goes into this kind of mental paralysis.
Loren’s last role was in the 2010 television biopic My House Is Full of Mirrors; the year before, she played Daniel Day Lewis’ mother in Nine, based on Federico Fellini’s 1963 semi-autobiographical film 8½. Loren presented Fellini with his honorary Oscar in 1993, shortly before his death.