Sophia Loren has returned to the big screen as she discusses her first role in nearly 10 years.
The 86-year-old stars in the upcoming Netflix film The Life Ahead, originally called The Life Before Us, written by French author Romain Gary.
She takes on the role of Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who looks after many children of deceased prostitutes.
The actress told Vanity Fair: ‘She is one of the great characters of world literature. She is fragile, strong, irreverent, in many ways she reminds me of my mother.’
It seems the movie means a lot to her, with her son Edoardo Ponti directing and co-writing.
Instead of being set in Paris, Edoardo turned the story into a Neopolitan dream.
Its first trailer shows Sophia’s character encountering a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan Momo – played by Ibrahima Gueye – in Puglia, Italy.
However, Momo steals from Rosa and the two end up forming a friendship.
‘We live in such a polarized world,’ Sophia told the publication.
‘This story speaks to the importance of being seen and heard, that if only we learn to embrace and accept our differences, the connections that we can make are boundless.’
It will be the second film adaptation of the Romain Gary book, with the 1977 movie named after the main character, starring Simone Signoret, being the first.
Last month, Sophia told Deadline she ‘jumped’ at the opportunity.
‘When my son proposed the role to me, it was a dream come true,’ she explained. ‘I jumped at the opportunity to make it.
‘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.’
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