His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti)
His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001)

A woman dealing with the loss of her mate learns he had a surprising secret life in this drama from Italy. Antonia (Margherita Buy) is a doctor who finds both challenges and rewards in her work with people with AIDS, who has also enjoyed a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score
74%
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User Score
89%


Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted soap opera.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a soapy, simplistic, but surprisingly affecting ambisexual melodrama that plays a little like Pedro Almodovar without the surreal frills.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Though intrepid in exploring an attraction that crosses sexual identity, Ozpetek falls short in showing us Antonia's true emotions ... But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.

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David Ehrenstein
Dallas Observer

Ozpetek joins the ranks of those gay filmmakers who have used the emigre experience to explore same-sex culture in ways that elude the more nationally settled.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a lovely film with lovely performances by Buy and Accorsi.

Jamie Russell
BBC.com

Ozpetek offers an AIDS subtext, skims over the realities of gay sex, and presents yet another tired old vision of the gay community as an all-inclusive world where uptight, middle class bores like Antonia can feel good about themselves.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
TheMovieChicks.com

The two leads give wonderful performances and when they try to connect with each other it's as awkward and desperate as you would expect, also real and touching.

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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

A warm but realistic meditation on friendship, family and affection.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

At once overly old-fashioned in its sudsy plotting and heavy-handed in its effort to modernize it with encomia to diversity and tolerance.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ozpetek succeeds in portraying small nuances that demonstrate the stages of love -- unrequited or blossoming -- and in showcasing the family structure created by a group of people who have been rejected for one reason or another.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well..here's a movie that I totally did not plan on liking, but I did. Kind of alot. I instantly empathized with the wife, who was unaware of her… More
jay nixon
Good performances and an interesting story are hampered somewhat from choppy continutity