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Le fate ignoranti (2001)

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 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 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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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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, 20 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$215,339, 22 June 2003
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 fairy
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The Turkish Director And His Italian Fairies
17 November 2007 | by Ubaldo MartinezSee all my reviews

"His Secret Life" is the unimaginative American title. The Fairies in the original title is referred to a painting, what else? Margherita Buy, the central character in this surprising modern melodrama is a revelation, at least for me. She doesn't look like anybody else and at the same time she reminded me of several women I know. So middle class. Elegant without meaning too. Very difficult to sort out, describe or shake up. She takes the revelation of her husband's past as a British woman would, with a remarkable stiff upper lip. I mean, she is shocked, hurt, disturbed but she carries of all that in her eyes. She doesn't collapse with hysterics. The weakest link in this almost perfect fairy tale is the leading man Stefano Accorsi - Apparently a big star in Italy but I thought he was difficult to warm up to. There is a petulance there that I couldn't quite overcome so, as a consequence, I didn't care about him. I cared about Serra Yelmaz , a wonderful and truly original character. I also cared about Erica Blanc as the ultra sophisticated, lonely and wise mother of Marherita Buy's character. I also cared about Gabriel Garko because I think, he is the character, Ferzan Ozpetek, the director, cared about the most. At least Garko has the best, the most beautiful loving close ups of the entire film. Recommended


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