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His Secret Life (2001)

Le fate ignoranti (original title)
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AIDS doctor Antonia's husband is killed by a car. She gets depressed until she learns he had been cheating on her with a man. Following her newly born curiosity for life, she goes to see ... See full summary »

Director:

Ferzan Ozpetek

Writers:

Gianni Romoli (screenplay), Ferzan Ozpetek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Antonia
Stefano Accorsi ... Michele
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Serra
Gabriel Garko ... Ernesto
Erika Blanc ... Veronica (as Erica Blanc)
Andrea Renzi ... Massimo
Koray Candemir Koray Candemir ... Emir
Lucrezia Valia Lucrezia Valia ... Mara
Filippo Nigro ... Riccardo
Ivan Bacchi Ivan Bacchi ... Luciano
Maurizio Romoli Maurizio Romoli ... Angelo
Carmine Recano ... Israele
Luca Calvani ... Sandro
Rosaria De Cicco Rosaria De Cicco ... Luisella
Edilberta Caviteno Bahia Edilberta Caviteno Bahia ... Nora
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Storyline

AIDS doctor Antonia's husband is killed by a car. She gets depressed until she learns he had been cheating on her with a man. Following her newly born curiosity for life, she goes to see her husband's lover, Michele, and finds a huge apartment that he shares with gay and transgendered friends, including a Turkish immigrant and a prostitute. Antonia is reluctant to tell these people of her relationship to the dead man, but needs prompting to move on to a new phase of her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Turkish

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Secret Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,316, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$215,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,930
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Title Card: [written on the back of the painting] To Massimo, for our seven years together, for that part of you that I miss and I will never have, for every time you said I can't, but also for every time you said I'll be back... Always waiting, can I call my patience love? Your ignorant fairy
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Referenced in Quasi quasi... (2002) See more »

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Birdenbire
Written by Ferzan Ozpetek, Andrea Guerra
Arramgiamento di Ominosianco, Andrea Guerra
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The Ignorant Fairies
20 June 2011 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

It is such a delight to watch a gay-themed film which is not over-indulged in melodramatic sentiment and what's more precious is that it innovates an authentic and positive gay community within to encourage more people to look on the brighter side of the world.

Ozpetek's self-imposed gay identity opens a gate for us to see more scrupulously into contemporary gay communities, without the thwart of the religion, the social prejudice, the indoctrinated moral standards from family and friends. It manifests that sexual orientation is much of a choice rather than any mammoth title being forcefully added upon this minority group.

The film is epidemic to all kinds of demographic classes, gay/straight/bi-sexual, man/woman/transsexual, everyone could dip into it and acquire different nutrition which he/she needs.

The acting is generally agreeable, Margherita Buy as the female protagonist, manages an amiable appearance to elevate the inner intricate complexion of her character. Stefano Accorsi, on the other hand, is more an unsubdued opposed image to underline the other facade of Margherita's role, a quirky chemistry could emerge between this two friend and foe (demonstrated by an explicit kiss scene where both try to find the scent of her husband/his lover), as a matter of fact, it is individual nuance matters here, anything else could not be exerted as a criterion anymore.

The Turkey-born director Ferzan Ozpetek's skill hones to a new state after his debut STEAM: THE Turkish BATH (1997) and LAST HAREM (1999), the milieu and the myriad of different characters develop an affluent emotional touch eventually (although most of them are underwritten as a sacrifice of the main storyline).

Anyhow, Ozpetek has established his fame and poise as the most promising contemporary Italian directors, his latest work LOOSE CANNONS (2010) will be my next object.


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