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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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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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Life after a death of a loved one would not be same, then there is this 'life'.... See more (40 total) »

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
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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:
Sha La LaSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Life after a death of a loved one would not be same, then there is this 'life'...., 23 July 2003
Author: wonderfulfable from Sydney, Australia

Antonia was living the life of most women would dream of. A good medical career, a loving husband, and a wonderful marriage. All that came to a crumble one day when he died in an accident leaving Antonia is grief and mourning.

But an accidental discovery of a painting hinted that Antonia's husband Massimo has another lover. Burning with anger, Antonia sought to find out more about this lover. But there is a catch; Massimo's lover is a man, Michele. Which shocked Antonia more to realising that her husband had lead a double life; one a straight married man, the other a gay lover.

Through Michele, she learnt more of her husbands secrets. A circle of friends Massimo has known through Michele, drag queens, immigrants, gay men, quirky apartment neighbours, and also AIDS patients. This circle of friends shared a warmness that all frienships has. Her open minded curiosity led her to befriend Massimo's circle of friends. Indirectly, she has replaced the vaccuum left by Massimo's death. At the same time, there is a growing attraction between her and Michele, as both are brought closer together. She then contrasts her life with Massimo and then with this 'new life' she has found after his death. Furthermore, she has to address her growing affections for her departed husbands lover.

Turkish director Ozpetek captures the warm bindings of this motley group of friends and in realistic detail in the confines of Michele's flat which serves as the groups meeting point for dinners and chats. The audience can feel the warmth emmitted from the togetherness of these people. A beautiful scene is where we see the dance party which is played to the tune of a slow song number overshadowing the dance beat in the background. We see all the circle of friends, Antonia and Michele included having a good time, bonding (yes even literal bonding!). Longing glances were exchanged between Antonia and Michele. This serves as a powerful scene and many assumptions or predictions can be made from this tease.

There are many side stories to Antonia and Michele's friendship as well such as dealing with rejection, pain suffered by an AIDS patient. Some of these issues are delicately dealt and while some humorous. There is plenty of humour in this film. Never has it made me laugh out loud. We see quirky characters like Louiselle the quirky supermarket cashier, Serra the 'apartment secretary', Mara the drag queen turned transvetite, Ricky, Sandora and Emir, all of them add together the humouros elements and warmth. A special mention would be Antonia's mother whose opened and profound views on life and adultery really had my sides splitting. The main leads by Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi depicts two people coming in terms of both of their loved one's death are very well potrayed. The emotion and the passion is felt from these two actor's performances.

Cheers to Ozpetek for creating such a warm and sentimental film! Almost made me shed tears when the ending loomed.

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