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Le fate ignoranti
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Director:
Writers:
Gianni Romoli (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
20 September 2002 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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
Susanna Forgione ... Cliente 1
Elisa Morucci ... Cliente 2
Simone Piccioni ... Sacerdote
Simone Luzi ... Simone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Crasci ... Dancer

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
Mario Rossi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianluca Mazzella .... 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 .... sound 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
 
Stunts
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
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexuality
Runtime:
106 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | France:U | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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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 fairySee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Quasi quasi... (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A redefinition of family, 4 March 2007
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

This was a chance rental, recommended by the owner of my local rental shop and it was a wonderful surprise. We are introduced to the perfect marriage at the outset, Antonia, the wife (played winningly by Margherita Buy) and Massimo, the husband ( played by Andrea Renzi) It is fifteen years along into the marriage straight out of high school and it is sexy and fulfilling, with a wonderful house on a lake, a full time maid and no children by choice.

And just like that, Massimo is killed in a traffic accident and thus begins the story of the unfolding of the secret that he withheld from Antonia for seven years.

In her detective work, Antonia, an AIDS doctor, uncovers another life that Massimo has lived.

Enter handsome Michele ( played by Stefano Accorci), who lives an openly gay life, filled with friends, some straight, some gay, some transgendered. Michele is real, flaws and all and conveys the promiscuous life of a lusty gay male.

Antonia and Michele fight a burgeoning attraction for each other with Antonia repulsed at times by his sexuality with other men. She also becomes bonded with his friends (she has made Massimo her raison d'etre and abandoned other friends for him) and slowly begins to understand his grief process.

Nothing is drawn in black and white here. One senses that Antonia and Michele are right for each other. Massimo was never an intellectual whereas Michele and Antonia are. There are many layers to the story and some wonderful characterizations. The part of Antonia's mother is a particular delight as is the part of Serra, they both have their secrets too.

I gave it a 9 out of 10 for the Italy that it shows, a colourful, complex Italy and the characters that clamp around the heartstrings and don't release for a long time afterwards. The only flaw was in the measly subtitles but at times my Italian was good enough to pick up the nuances and the unsubtitled dialogue and background.

Bravo and Brava to all.

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