Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5
Original Title: La Dea Fortuna
, . , , , . Screenplay by , , Ferzan Özpetek. Cinematography by . Produced by , Gianni Romoli. Music by . Production Design by . Costume Design by , . Film Editing by .
Arturo and Alessandro are a committed couple who are hosting the wedding of two friends of theirs at their beautiful apartment, when a surprise visitor enters, Alessandro’s best friend Annamaria with her children Martin and Sandro. She’s leaving the kids in the men’s care while she goes to the hospital for a few days to do some routine tests, which Alessandro forgot to tell Arturo about and, combined with the fact that Alessandro disappeared into a secret encounter with another wedding guest during their party, is indicative of their quickly fraying relationship.
The children have a good time with their uncles, further looked after by the colourful assortment of neighbours and friends that often populate Ferzan Ozpetek’s warm and wonderful cinematic worlds, but when their caregivers decide that their own committed partnership is once and for all to end, the young people’s future is left hanging in the balance.
Annamaria wants Alessandro to look after her kids in the event that her medical problems don’t go away, but he insists that he can’t do it on his own, suggesting that she look to her estranged baroness mother to take care of them instead.
Things go to rather an extreme melodramatic turn by the last third, but Ozpetek always displays his sentimentality proudly and nothing in this film feels like a cheat, the actors are beautiful, their homes are exquisite and their problems are deeply sympathetic even when they feel like something in a soap opera.
is particularly elegant as Annamaria, while is his always brilliantly understated self as the intellectual side of the central relationship, a man whose academic brilliance can do nothing for his own powers of self-deception.