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Saturn in Opposition (2007)





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Turkish-born director Ferzan Ozpetek's meditative, character-driven ensemble drama Saturno Contro (a French-Italian-Turkish co-production, from a script co-authored by Ozpetek and Gianni Romoli) studies the interrelationships of a tightly-knit group of gay and straight friends, in the period surrounding the premature death of one young man and the split of a married hetero couple. At the story's center are Lorenzo (Luca Argentero), a confident, surreally handsome, 30-year-old Italian man, and his live-in lover, the author Davide (Pierfrancesco Favino. They spend their non-working hours with a colorful clique that includes: bright, spunky cocaine addict Roberta (Ambra Angiolini); husband-and-wife (and parents) Antonio (Stefano Accorsi) and Angelica (Margherita Buy); caustic Neval (Serra Yilmaz) and her husband, a cop (Filippo Timi); Davide's former lover, the acid-tongued Sergio (Ennio Fantastichini); and a new arrival to the group, Paolo. After Ozpetek and Romoli take time and care to introduce the characters, an unforeseen crisis arises: Lorenzo is rushed to the hospital, and dies. In time, his distanced father (Luigi Diberti) turns up, accompanied by his second wife, Minnie (Lunetta Savino) and still grappling with the knowledge of his son's homosexuality. Meanwhile, Antonio and Angelica split, the latter devastated by the sudden discovery of her husband's infidelity with a florist (Isabella Ferrari).
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Strand Releasing


Luca Argentero
as Lorenzo
Margherita Buy
as Anjelica
Filippo Timi
as Roberto
Luigi Diberti
as Vittorio
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Critic Reviews for Saturn in Opposition

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Touching, warmhearted and well acted ensemble piece

Full Review… | July 21, 2011

an upscale and literate Italian Big Chill.

Full Review… | November 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for Saturn in Opposition

This movie assembles a few charming characters being Roberta (the drug addict friend) one of the most interesting. A well written drama of unconventional lines and great music selection that makes us value life, friends and portraits the grief of surviving a loved one.

Rudy Viamonte
Rudy Viamonte

A bit melodramatic, soap-operatic although still sounds sentimental & moving. Scenes like farewell to Lorenzo & gatherings after Lorenzo's death are impressively presented.


Ferzan Ozpetek has become one of my favorite directors. His films explore complicated relationships within close social groupings. Of Turkish origins himself, characters are generally multi-ethnic, but only in the film about a man returning to Turkey is that ever an issue. They also include a mixture of gay and straight characters, but that also is not an issue. The films are character studies, and especially studies of characters in relation to one another. Ensemble acting at its best. This film, however, may be the most difficult of them all. Emotional an moving, it explores how the group deals with a death among them.

Michael Toler
Michael Toler

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