Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek (“Facing Windows” and “Naples in Veils”), one of the most successful Italian directors working nowadays, “The Goddess of Fortune” (“La dea Fortuna” in its original title) is an engaging and heartwarming domestic melodrama. It’s a gay romantic tale that elegantly shows us the power of love, and even its tiniest sparkle can keep us alive.

By putting audiences on a thrilling emotional roller coaster here, everything in the film is about passion, vibrancy, and vitality. The relationship between a gay couple – Arturo (Stefano Accors) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo) – faces a new challenge when their long-time friend Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca) shows up with her two children. She is suffering from a disease and asks the couple to take care of the children while she’s in hospital.

One of the centers of the film is the connection between the couple and between their family members. There’re miscommunication, betrayal, and strong emotion among them. With strong personalities, these characters have their own shining moments at some points throughout the film, charmingly and meaningfully. When it comes to emotion, Ozpetek’s film is incredibly effective and engaging. He is always a director who knows how to efficiently convey the complicated feelings of love and darkness to audiences.

On the surface, “The Goddess of Fortune” seems like a lightweight romantic drama with its premise, but the story and characters will then draw you into a deeper emotional state. The performances of casts are wonders, so do the stunning locations: the modern-day Rome and Sicily are just romantic by themselves.

GRADE: B

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  • Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • Production: R&C Produzioni, Faros Film, and Warner Bros.
  • Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
  • Writer: Ferzan Ozpetek, Silvia Ranfagni, and Gianni Romoli
  • Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Jasmine Trinca, Edoardo Leo, Sara Ciocca, and Edoardo Brandi

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