His Secret Life (Ignorant Fairies) (Le Fate Ignoranti)


(out of 5)

Antonia () has just lost her husband in a horrible car accident; a few days later, upon receiving all his effects from his office she finds a painting given to him by what appears to be a secret, long-term lover. Determined to find out who the little slut is with whom he was carrying on, Antonia searches and researches until finally narrowing it down to a last name and an address. Unfortunately, the doorbell of the guilty party reads Mr. and not Miss, and Antonia has to face the fact that for the last seven years her husband has been leading a double life. Upon meeting Michele (), her husband’s lover, Antonia is at first hateful and angry, and he is bitter because he never got to truly share a life with the man he loved (she got him on all the holidays). Gradually, though, the two misfits find common ground and she is integrated into his life in a Tales of the City-style apartment building where everyone has lunch together on a beautifully sunlit veranda every Sunday afternoon. The film is filled with so many light touches and honest performances that you never try to step ahead of it for a second.

R&C Produzioni, Les Films Balenciaga, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Italy/France, 2001

Directed by

Story and Screenplay by , Ferzan Ozpetek

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2001


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