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His Secret Life

His Secret Life
Movie: His Secret Life(2003)[tt0274497] 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 bySujit R. Varma
Title His Secret Life
Release Date 25 April 2003 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Romance
Production Companies R&C Produzioni, Films Balenciaga, Les, MEDIA Programme of the European Union
Margherita Buy
Margherita Buy...
Antonia...
Stefano Accorsi
Stefano Accorsi...
Michele...
Gabriel Garko
Gabriel Garko...
Ernesto...
Erika Blanc
Erika Blanc...
Veronica (as Eri...
Andrea Renzi
Andrea Renzi...
Massimo...
Filippo Nigro
Filippo Nigro...
Riccardo...
Carmine Recano
Carmine Recano...
Israele...
Luca Calvani
Luca Calvani...
Sandro...

Reviews

lasttimeisaw on 20 June 2011
It is such a delight to watch a gay-themed film which is not over-indulged in melodramatic sentiment and what's more precious is that it innovates an authentic and positive gay community within to encourage more people to look on the brighter side of the world.Ozpetek's self-imposed gay identity opens a gate for us to see more scrupulously into contemporary gay communities, without the thwart of the religion, the social prejudice, the indoctrinated moral standards from family and friends. It manifests that sexual orientation is much of a choice rather than any mammoth title being forcefully added upon this minority group.The film is epidemic to all kinds of demographic classes, gay/straight/bi-sexual, man/woman/transsexual, everyone could dip into it and acquire different nutrition which he/she needs.The acting is generally agreeable, Margherita Buy as the female protagonist, manages an amiable appearance to elevate the inner intricate complexion of her character. Stefano Accorsi, on the other hand, is more an unsubdued opposed image to underline the other facade of Margherita's role, a quirky chemistry could emerge between this two friend and foe (demonstrated by an explicit kiss scene where both try to find the scent of her husband/his lover), as a matter of fact, it is individual nuance matters here, anything else could not be exerted as a criterion anymore.The Turkey-born director Ferzan Ozpetek's skill hones to a new state after his debut STEAM: THE Turkish BATH (1997) and LAST HAREM (1999), the milieu and the myriad of different characters develop an affluent emotional touch eventually (although most of them are underwritten as a sacrifice of the main storyline).Anyhow, Ozpetek has established his fame and poise as the most promising contemporary Italian directors, his latest work LOOSE CANNONS (2010) will be my next object.

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