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The Life Ahead review – Sophia Loren serves up some grandmother courage
The actor plays a Holocaust survivor and creche worker who takes in a troubled Senegalese boy in this solid if sentimental dramaPeter Bradshaw
Thu 12 November 2020
Watch the trailer for The Life AheadThen her doctor (Renato Carpentieri), who is also a charity worker and old friend, asks her to take in a troubled Senegalese boy, Momo (played by newcomer Ibrahima Gueye) and instantly the trouble starts. Momo is angry at the world and secretly working for an unscrupulous and exploitative drug dealer, but after a rocky start, he becomes increasingly concerned for his grumpy, but caring new landlady, who is apparently succumbing to dementia and plagued with nightmarish memories of a place Momo thinks she’s calling “Housewitch”. Madame Rosa’s destiny is of course to be a sacrificial one.