The movie

La dea fortuna

When Annamaria, a longtime friend of Alessandro and Arturo, ask the couple to take care of her children, the relationship between the two men reaches a point of no return.

Length: 114 min
Country: Italy
Language spoken: Italian
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Silvia Ranfagni, Gianni Romoli
Director: Ferzan Özpetek
Release date: 2019


Arturo (Stefano Accorsi) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo) have been in a committed relationship for 15 years, but routine and the vagaries of middle-aged life are beginning to take their toll on the couple. When their close friend Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca) has to be hospitalised, she asks the men to take care of her two children. They reluctantly agree, setting in motion a chain of events that may just see Arturo and Alessandro going their separate ways… Veteran Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Özpetek oscillates between romantic comedy, drama, and even tragedy in this gorgeously shot and supremely well acted slice of contemporary Italian life.

‘As usual for Özpetek, the tech work is Italian ‘eleganza’ personified and the sets include some stunning locations. One scene is set in the impressive ancient Roman Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, echoing the film’s title. The closing sequences were shot in the 17th-century Villa Valguarnera outside Palermo, which includes a celebrated room full of macabre frescoes of skulls and skeletons…’—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter