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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 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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Turkish

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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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 »

Soundtracks

Risveglio
Composed by Andrea Guerra
© 2001 EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l.
Licensed To Virgin Music Italy S.r.l.
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Unconventional
16 March 2002 | by stefano1488See all my reviews

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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