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 ****** 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 ). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
- Comedy Drama
- Ensemble Film
- Intersecting Lives, Death of a Friend, Drug Addiction, Midlife Crises
- 01 hr 48 min
- September 23, 2008
- Serra Yilmaz , Stefano Accorsi , Margherita Buy , Pierfrancesco Favino , Ennio Fantastichini
- Ambra Angiolini , Luca Argentero , Isabella Ferrari
- Ferzan Ozpetek
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