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Sotto falso nome (2004)

A mysterious writer is involved in a love affair with his stepson's wife, leading to a web of intrigue and desire.

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Daniel / Writer / Nicoletta's husband
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Nicoletta
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Mila / Fabrizio's wife
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Fabrizio / Nicoletta's son
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Ewa / Mila's friend (as Magda Mielcarz)
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David Ginsberg
Serge Merlin ...
Le père de Daniel / Daniel's father
François Germond ...
Maître / Master Selogmann
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Segretaria / Secretary
Vlastimil Canek ...
Custode / Guardian
Izabella Dziarska
Salvatore Ferraro
Georges Guerreiro
Joelle Mnouchkine
David O'Kelly
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A writer at the height of his fame. He's very secretive, no one knows what he looks like, no one knows anything about his life. His pseudonym is Jerzy Novak, his real name is Daniel Brodskj. He has to get to Capri for the wedding of his stepson Fabrizio, the son of Nicoletta, the Italian woman Daniel is married to and with whom he lives in Switzerland. On the ferryboat there's an extraordinarily beautiful woman. They exchange looks, making small passes at each other with their eyes. When they arrive they share a taxi and they to end up in bed together for a night of sex. In the morning there's no trace of her. He is late, they're waiting for him in church. It's the start of a very strange, and certainly fateful wedding. The radiant bride is watched by the guests. And it's only now that Daniel discovers that it's her, the girl he's just left. It's the start of a relentless mechanism where Daniel is the target. Secretly, Mila and our writer, abandon themselves to their passion. Then, ... Written by lament

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€156,122 (Italy), 29 February 2004, Limited Release
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Haunted by the Past, seduced in the Present
18 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's hard not to be reminded of 'Damage' when watching 'Sotto falso Nome'. The stories are very similar, except for changing the main character in Louis Malles film, a politician, to a writer of novels. Played by Auteuil, he publishes his novels pseudonymous, thereby not only covering his private life, but also something else - the archetypal element, a secret from the past. As you would except, this secret returns and is about to make trouble. Trouble also comes from the beautiful girl (gorgeous Anna Mourgaglis - I wonder what she looks like portraying Simone de Beauvoir in "Les Amants du Flore") Auteuils character Daniel Boltanskis stumbles about coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally after all?). That's the outline of a film altogether slow paced, spiced with a bit of erotic, but at the time very intense in the portrayal of it's characters. Probably not a film to make a lasting impact, it is nonetheless entertaining, and quite sophisticated at that.


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