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His Secret Life (2001)

Le fate ignoranti (original title)
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After a deathly car accident, Antonia starts dating her husband's friends and finds the truth about his life.

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 ... 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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Details

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, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$215,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,930
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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 »

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Gracias a la vida
Written by Violeta Parra
Warner Chappell Music Italiana S.r.A.
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Not your usual kinda gay
16 February 2004 | by cchieSee all my reviews

If film is about the message it wants to convey to its audience, this film has definitely achieved it. The subtle depiction of the gay community is so much different from the usual Hollywood stereotype gay men - your Queer as Folk kinda guy. While the soapy detail of Queer as Folk casts the image of the gay community as something really really different from the straight community hence giving it some sort of exclusivity (despised by many of the so called straight righteous community), Le Fate Ignoranti portrays the gay community as just 'the other human being.' Different maybe, but it doesnt emphasize the difference to the level that no straight mortal will be able to immerse let alone understand it. Le Fate Ignoranti portrays the gay community as just another 'group' in our society, facing the same humane problems - that gay men are nothing but another human beings deserve the same humane treatment and respect.

Michele is so differently refreshing from his Hollywood counterparts, full of dignity and no cynicism towards the world that you usually find in those so called gay Hollywood films. While Hollywood gay men show only insecurity with their identity, Michele is oozing with confidence and is perfectly comfortable with his sexuality.

This film and director Ferzan Ozpetek has definity done great job in the effort of establishing more insight into a 'more real' depiction of gay community.


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