A Lion in Winter: Sophia Loren in ‘The Life Ahead’

Sophia Loren as Madame Rosa in Netflix’ ‘The Life Ahead’ directed by Edoardo Ponti (Palomar, Netflix)

Sophia Loren is as evocative a name as we’ve ever had in film. Immediately you can picture those eyes which, in a single scene, can invite you, pierce you, warn you, restore you. That deeply resolute, honeyed voice. Cheekbones that enter the room first. A husky, conspiratorial laugh. A body that drapes a housecoat, a suit or a gown in a way that appeals to persons of every sexuality. The sense that she…