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Le fate ignoranti
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Margherita Buy ... Antonia

Stefano Accorsi ... Michele
Serra Yilmaz ... Serra

Gabriel Garko ... Ernesto
Erika Blanc ... Veronica (as Erica Blanc)
Andrea Renzi ... Massimo
Koray Candemir ... Emir
Lucrezia Valia ... Mara

Filippo Nigro ... Riccardo
Ivan Bacchi ... Luciano
Maurizio Romoli ... Angelo
Carmine Recano ... Israele

Luca Calvani ... Sandro
Rosaria De Cicco ... Luisella
Edilberta Caviteno Bahia ... Nora
Leonardo Di Gioia ... Giulio
Barbara Folchitto ... Maria Grazia
Giorgio Gobbi ... Paziente Laboratorio
Marilena Paci ... Marilena
Susan Forget ... Cliente 1 (as Susanna Forgione)
Elisa Morucci ... Cliente 2
Simone Piccioni ... Sacerdote
Simone Luzi ... Simone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ivan Crasci ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ferzan Ozpetek 
Writing credits
Gianni Romoli (screenplay) and
Ferzan Ozpetek (screenplay)

Gianni Romoli (story) and
Ferzan Ozpetek (story)

Produced by
Tilde Corsi .... producer
Gianni Romoli .... producer
Original Music by
Andrea Guerra 
Cinematography by
Pasquale Mari 
Film Editing by
Patrizio Marone 
Casting by
Pino Pellegrino 
Production Design by
Bruno Cesari 
Costume Design by
Katia Dottori  (as Catia Dottori)
Makeup Department
Arturo Montoro .... hair stylist
Vittorio Sodano .... key makeup artist
Ermanno Spera .... makeup artist
Production Management
Massimo Di Rocco .... production manager
Alessandro Mattei .... production supervisor
Marco Mauti .... protools consultant
Mario Rossi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianluca Mazzella .... first assistant director
Arzu Volkan .... assistant director
Art Department
Giulia Busnengo .... assistant art director
Lily Pungitore .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Alessandro Feletti .... sound editor
Marco Grillo .... sound
Roberto Moroni .... re-recording mixer
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Pasquale Catalano .... special effects
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects
Fabio Traversari .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Claudio Napoli .... digital artist
Gianluca Risita .... digital artist
Corrado Rizzo .... digital effects supervisor
Gian Luca Rizzo .... digital compositor
Paolo Zeccara .... visual effects supervisor
David Ambrosi .... stunt double
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Andrei .... Steadicam operator
Luigi Andrei .... camera operator
Leonardo Beltrame .... electrician
Daniele Caiuli .... electrician
Francesco Cavazza .... first loader
Romolo Eucalitto .... still photographer
Patrizio Marra .... grip
Mercedes Porter Hope .... assistant camera
Marta Spedaletti .... still photographer
Music Department
Andrea Guerra .... orchestrator
Deyan Pavlov .... conductor (as Deyan Timov Pavlov)
Luca Salvadori .... music supervisor
Iliana Selimska .... musician: vocal solo
Other crew
Laura Cimarelli .... production accountant
Daniela Macrillo .... payroll
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Florence Ridoux .... production assistant
Samuela Zampagni .... assistant script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le fate ignoranti" - Italy (original title)
"His Secret Life" - UK, USA (festival title)
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Rated R for language and sexuality
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 fairySee more »
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Referenced in Quasi quasi... (2002)See more »
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Unconventional, 16 March 2002
Author: stefano1488 from Italy

Here is a film that is both unconventional and deeply touching.

The best thing about this film is the absence in it of any clichés. This holds, first of all, for the main gay character, Michele. In Italian films gay characters tend to be described in extremely stereotyped ways; in other films, such as "Philadelphia", there are gay characters that tend to be described as if they were sort of saints. In this case, instead, the main gay character is a complex man, with contrasting aspects; the tension between his love for someone he will never be able to fully share his love with and his inability to requite the affection of those who could; the tension between his attraction for the widow of his late lover, in whom he finds an echo of aspects he loved in him, and the hatred he feels for his rival; the bitterness for the love lost and the willingness to engage in fast sex; all makes this character a fascinating one.

Even more so for the main female character. For once Margherita Buy plays a different character from the neurotic, insecure women she has often played in the past, and is given a wonderful opportunity to show her dramatic skills. She's hurt and yet not bitter, she's open-minded and yet has a morality of her own, she's curious and yet not intrusive; she plays a thoughtful, sensitive, tender and deeply human character, for whom one can feel nothing but sympathy.

Many foreigners seem to especially like films which depict Italy and Italians in strongly conventional ways, such as "Mediterraneo", "Life is Beautiful" or "Cinema Paradiso": a rural country, populated by childish, superficial and sentimental people surrounded by beautiful landscapes, preferably in Tuscany, and artistic beauties. This film, set in a dilapidated district of Rome, will probably make them understand that Italy is a country quite different, in many ways, from the one they like to see represented in some Italian films.

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