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His Secret Life (2001)

His Secret Life



Critic Consensus: Well-acted soap opera.

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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 long and seemingly happy relationship with her husband Massimo (Andrea Renzi). When Massimo is killed in an auto wreck, Antonia is crushed and turns away from her work and her friends; while she tries to reach out to her mother Veronica (Erica Blanc), Veronica is too emotionally distant to be of much help. As Antonia struggles to come to terms with her grief, she discovers to her shock that her husband had been having an affair through much of their marriage, and her confusion is intensified when she learns that Massimo's lover was a man, Michele (Stefano Accorsi). Antonia confronts Michele, who would prefer not to say anything about Massimo, but Antonia is persistent, and in time the two open up to each other about the man they both deeply loved. As a friendship grows between Antonia and Michele, she has another surprise in store -- she finds she's pregnant with Massimo's child.more
Rating: R (for language and sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
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Andrea Renzi
as Massimo
Erica Blanc
as Veronica
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Critic Reviews for His Secret Life

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

February 13, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 6, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A movie that grows better by the minute.

January 3, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full of profound, real-life moments that anyone can relate to, it deserves a wide audience.

November 22, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for His Secret Life

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 husband's second life. I found this story of both the wife and the lover coming to terms with the false reality of their lives, and then come to value each other in ways never imaginable, very captivating. And, for some reason, I found Stefano Accorsi (the gay lover) very captivating, also. AND I thought the ending was very clever. Kudos!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Good performances and an interesting story are hampered somewhat from choppy continutity

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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