On March 16th, Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Le Fate Ignoranti” is going to turn 15. Here there are ten reasons why you should watch this movie
Antonia (Margherita Buy) and Massimo (Andrea Renzi) have been married for fifteen years. On day Massimo dies in a car accident. Antonia falls into a catatonic depression, until she finds a shocking secret. One day, through Antonio’s stuff, she finds a painting addressed to him from a “fata ignorante” (ignorant fairy). When Antonia finds the sender’s apartment, she discovers with great dismay that her husband Massimo had a lover, Michele (Stefano Accorsi). Such a fact tears her apart. Yet, gradually, Antonia comes into contact with Michele’s special family. His family is composed of eccentric and funny people. Antonia thus discovers a new, different world, in which men and women live together with no age, race, sex and status distinctions. She finds a world full of authentic people, colors, dramas, fun and will to live. Antonia’s first reaction to that world is of profound disgust. However, thanks to confrontation, her experience with this new reality brings her back to life.
Why should you watch the film, regardless of your sexual orientation, political view, and gender identity?
1) It’s an important film to discuss on, for what concerns LGBT rights in Italy and the philosophical reflection on truth behind the movie: is truth always necessary?
2) Music is beautiful and captivating
3) The actors are very good. In particular, Stefano Accorsi gives his best interpretation and Margherita Buy proves herself to be one of the best actresses of her generation. They both won the “Nastro d’Argento” for their performances.
4) The film is sentimental, that is, it speaks to the heart and it’s fun and moving at the same time
5) The location is really significant. Ozpetek’s film is a declaration of love for Rome and in particular for the “Ostiense” neighborhood, where the director has been living since 25 years and where the whole movie takes place. “Ostiense” is presented as separated from the rest of the capital, namely as a district in which a vast, variegated and pluralistic community lives freely, outside of society’s repressive norms
6) It’s a multi-ethnic film presenting an ‘extended’, inclusive family, in which cultural, emotional and sexual differences are welcomed with joy and pride. Not by chance, the main set of the film is a huge terrace holding optically the boundaries of an ideal world endowed with freedom and unconventionality
7) The director, who is openly homosexual, faces difficult subjects in Italian society, such as homosexuality, transsexuality, AIDS and LGBTQ+ rights, with originality, realism and simplicity
8) The film is the first Italian film that shows how the depth of feelings can go beyond prejudices
9) The movie is a small gem, useful to remember viewers that true love envisages no limits or restrictions but the right to express oneself freely
10) Since March 16th is the 15th anniversary of Ozpetek’s film, “Le Fate Ignoranti” stimulates discussion on how, in Italy, there’s still a long way from full equality and recognition of LGBT community’s rights.