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Le fate ignoranti (2001)

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 ... See full summary »

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Michele
Serra Yilmaz ...
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Ernesto
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Veronica (as Erica Blanc)
Andrea Renzi ...
Massimo
Koray Candemir ...
Emir
Lucrezia Valia ...
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Riccardo
Ivan Bacchi ...
Luciano
Maurizio Romoli ...
Angelo
Carmine Recano ...
Israele
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Sandro
Rosaria De Cicco ...
Luisella
Edilberta Caviteno Bahia ...
Nora
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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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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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$18,316 (USA) (20 September 2002)

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$215,339 (USA) (22 June 2003)
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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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La Terrazza
Written and Composed by Andrea Guerra
© 2001 EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l.
Licensed To Virgin Music Italy S.r.l.
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Beautiful, Intense and Captivating
28 August 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I found Le Fate Ignoranti to be superbly fascinating. It is a bittersweet tale of love, betrayal and friendship.

Antonia is a doctor,specializing in HIV and Aids. She loses her husband, Massimo, in a tragic accident. A chance discovery of a love note from her husband's gay lover leads her on an emotional journey of realization and intrigue.

Michele is the lover Massimo hid for seven years; he is equally devastated by Massimo's death. Michele lives in an exhilarating homosexual world among a group of misfits, including a transvestite, a man ill with HIV and a Turkish immigrant with a terrible secret.

Together Antonia and Michele explore the ups and downs their newfound friendship, and eventually realize that they have more in common than just shared lover.

I could not find one single fault with this film.Ordinarily I tend to avoid foreign films, as the message is usually lost in translation. However the true meaning of Le Fate Ignoranti is loud and clear, no matter what language you speak. The outstanding acting, flawless cinematography and charming setting make for magnificent cinematic experience. Above all the true beauty of this film lies in the way; it manages to capture its audience. It allows us to interpret the meaning to fit ourselves personally and to take something special away with us each and every time.


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