Sophia Loren truly is the definition of an unstoppable icon. This gorgeous and talented actress has over 100 movies under her belt and even though she’s 86, she doesn’t plan on stopping. She loves her work, but now she has the freedom to choose the projects she works on and be more selective.
Recently she starred in a Netflix movie The Life Ahead, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. She takes on the role of Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who is a caretaker in her neighborhood and looks after the kids. The story is told from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy who immigrated from Senegal to Italy and ended up on the street. He forges an unlikely relationship with Rosa. The circumstances of their meeting are far from perfect (he robbed her) but what happens next will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you in deep thought for days after.
When talking about the process of making this movie, Sophia Loren says she absolutely adored it and that working with her son as a director was wonderful. She wants to keep working with him forever. And seeing how many movies she’s been in up to this point, she just might. We wouldn’t put it past her.
Her son also commented that working with his mother is great because he knows what she can do and he trusts her a lot. In fact, in one of the interviews, Edoardo Ponti mentioned that it was his mother who influenced him to become a better writer and director. When Edoardo was only 15 and wrote his first script, he gave it to his mother to read and she gave him some advice. She said it was good but didn’t have a great moment for the lead to act out. Since then Edoardo made sure to include some good moments for the actors to act out, it’s especially important when working with legendary actors and actresses like Sophia Loren.
Both Sophia Loren and Edoardo Ponti agree that they like working together because it gives them the feeling that they’re working as a family business, which feels very Italian. To them, filmmaking isn’t just art, it’s a craft. It’s only natural that Edoardo went into filmmaking because it’s like passing on a craft to your children, it’s like a legacy. They get to hone in their skills and work together to create the best product, and if it’s perceived as a piece of art — great. But Sophia and Edoardo care more about telling a story authentically and to the best of their abilities.
While many of us might think that working with family is torture, Edoardo is clearly very much inspired by his mother. He thinks highly of her, and takes her opinion into consideration, after all, she’s got a lot of experience in filmmaking.
The photos you’ve seen throughout this article were taken by Edoardo, it’s how he sees his mother. All we can add is that more of us should feel this way about our mothers.