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  • Summary: When a ten-year marriage ends with the death of the husband in a car crash, the distraught wife discovers her husband had a male lover. Against all odds, they become friends.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. This graceful and wise film moves to its denouement with subtlety and, at its end, strikes a note that seems just right for all that has gone before.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    The well-structured film goes beyond issues of sexuality, giving nuanced consideration to broader questions of love and loss, family and friendship, trust, lies and deception.
  3. 80
    Moving and vibrant Italian-language film.
  4. Reviewed by: Laura Sinagra
    70
    It's this memory-as-identity obviation that gives Secret Life its intermittent unease, reaffirming that long-held illusions are indeed reality, and that erasing them recasts the self. And it's this existential gerrymandering that's most compelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Solid and engrossing melodrama.
  6. 63
    Even the graceful ending, one that lifts the film a notch, is startling. But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.
  7. 38
    Director Ferzan Ozpetek's film doesn't break any new ground; rather, it recycles every cliché about gays in what is essentially an extended soap opera.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1