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Saturn in Opposition

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Acclaimed director Ferzan Ozpetek unites a group of friends a la THE BIG CHILL. Starring today`s hottest Italian stars, this touching, funny and heartwarming ensemble finds a group of friends who come together after one of the people in their circle falls ill and discover that their friendships are the strongest bonds in their lives.

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  • Actors: Margherita Buy, Luigi Diberti, Ennio Fantastichini, Milena Vukotic, Isabella Ferrari
  • Directors: Ferzan Ozpetek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B94K3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturn in Opposition" on IMDb

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This delicate, moving and absorbing film continues director Ferzan
Ozpetek's growth as a great film artist. His movie STEAM possessed a
sweet sensuality that was potent and moving. His movie HIS SECRET LIFE
is a sexy little masterpiece. It is moving and funny. And, like I said,
very sexy.

With SATURN IN OPPOSITION, Ozpetek teams up again with the gorgeous
Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. This actor added sensuality to every
scene in HIS SECRET LIFE. Stefano continues to bring his amazing heat
to SATURN IN OPPOSITION.

This movie is an ensemble piece in every sense of the word. A group of friends are thrown into turmoil when the most beloved member of their group is struck down in his prime. How the friends and lovers and former lovers survive this tragedy is heartwarming and very moving.

If this movie does not get to you then you have no heart. Period.
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I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that Ferzan Özpetek is the most gifted filmmaker in the world today, and Saturn in Opposition is his best film so far. I've watched it at least a dozen times, and it still reveals some new delight to me each time. It's a treasure, a work of such astonishing beauty on so many levels, so deeply satisfying and so thoroughly entertaining, that I'm reluctant to write about it for fear I won't do it justice.

I can't think of any way anything about this movie could be improved. It has raised the bar so high I can't see past it. The brilliant screenplay, the flawless performance by every person in the cast, the breathtaking cinematography that caresses everything the camera sees, the music that never intrudes but always enriches and deepens the story, the surprising flashes of wry humor in what is a very serious and touching work, the marvelous way Lorenzo's inner monologue wraps itself lovingly around the whole film--just the way this movie FEELS, the indescribable way it makes ME feel when I'm watching it, or just remembering it--everything about Saturn in Opposition is simply perfect.

The only movies I can even compare it to are others by Özpetec himself: His Secret Life, Facing Windows, and Sacred Heart.
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Let's not aggrandize this film; there is not a lot of substance going on here. A sad and youthful death, yes (why do all the pretty ones have to go first?)----and grieving and loss. But there's little to create an emotional attachment to these characters......even prior to the death.

This production is NOT a "Steam: The Turkish Bath" in that regard, or even an "His Secret Life," both of which got us more "involved." To this viewer, the most interesting point was before film's end, in the denoument between widower, Davide, and a come-to-acceptance and grieving, deceased's father.

At film's conclusion, there is a tying-up........a coming to terms. I wonder, though, is real life ever as smooth as pictured?

PS--Points for beautiful, beautiful photography work (are this man's films ever not?)

****
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This is a moving tale of lovers and friends and the family like closeness and support which they can give to each other. This movie is in Italian with subtitles which can get really annoying but more so because the cast is so beautiful and talented that you don't want to take your eyes off of them to read. This was an inspiring movie that shows how true life with great friends can handle almost any tragedy thrown at you. Truly enjoyable film in my humble opinion.
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Ferzan Ozpetek understands as well as any writer/director today the concept and attending importance of Extended Family. Much as he spoke about the importance of friends who are often more supportive than genetic family in his beautiful film HIS SECRET LIFE, he explores a similar topic in his latest exceptional film SATURNO CONTRO (SATURN IN OPPOSITION). Ozpetek and his co-writer Gianni Romoli have created a story about camaraderie, celebration, shared loss, consolation, and healing among a rather disparate group of Romans that manages to not only underscore our human needs, but also demonstrates how nearly insurmountable hurdles can be managed by the kindness and understanding of true friends.

Davide (Pierfrancesco Favino) is a much admired writer who lives with his artist partner Lorenzo (Luca Argentero) in a healthy, loving relationship. Davide has many admirers who wish to fall under his influence as a writer and Lorenzo likewise has many friends who are devoted to him. These friends gather at the home of Davide and Lorenzo for meals, parties and celebrations - a place where each of the friends finds compassion for whatever is nibbling away at their happiness. Davide's close friend Antonio (Stefano Accorsi) is married to the beautiful Angelica (Margherita Buy) who is writing a book about smoking and is not aware that her husband is having an affair with florist Laura (Isabella Ferrari) until a mutual friend, translator Neval (Serra Yilmaz) - caring for both friends' concerns - shares the information. The possible disastrous discovery is overshadowed by the sudden subarachnoid hemorrhage suffered by Lorenzo during a communal meal.
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