Saturn in Opposition

Synopsis: Long-time friends: Davide, a successful novelist, lives with Lorenzo, who's everyone's favorite; Antonio and Angelique, married with two children; Neval, a voluble Turk, and her compliant husband; Sergio, an aging gay man; and, Roberta, beautiful, heavily into drugs. They have secrets: an affair, a business venture. Then, tragedy strikes, and the group pulls together for one of their own, who may not want their intersession. Are there limits to the power of friendship?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ferzan Ozpetek
Production: Filmcoopi Zürich
  20 wins & 16 nominations.
110 min

For Hrant Dink.

A Ferzan zpetek Film


I wonder if inviting Paolo tonight

was the right thing to do.

Can't change things now,

besides I bet he's already here.

Taste this.

How is it?

It's perfect,

good thing I'm the cook.

He's probably been outside

waiting for a long time.

His first urge is to leave,

but he won't.

Not because he's shy,

he's just terrified.

- Who is it?

- The Gestapo.

Just a minute!

- Do you want to mug me?

- No, why?

Well, you never know.

I think we're at

the same party.

It's not a party.

Anyway, I'm Neval.

I know.

- Lorenzo mentioned me to you?

- All of you.

So you had

nothing better to talk about!

- What pastry is it?

- A fruit cake.

Too bad! I love chocolate cake.

- Sorry.

- How long have you known Lorenzo?

A couple of months.

- Do you sleep with him?

- No, why?

I like to know these things

from the start.

- I see you've met.

- Hi.

- Welcome.

- Hi, you mummy!

That's Sergio,

let's not bother him now.

Here you are.

- Thanks, but you didn't have to.

- Lorenzo...

Give that to him later.

- This is Paolo, Angelica, Davide.

- Hi.

- Hello.

- He brought dessert.

Thank you.

I can't understand

why didn't Antonio come.

- He is too busy nowadays isn't he?

- Yes. I'm not happy at all about this...

But this is it... Unfortunately.


I'll put it out.

- That's not an ashtray.

- Isn't it?

- No.

- End of the hall, on the right.

Going now.

- Antonio?

- A client at his bank...

...invited him

to a fish restaurant.

What a drag!

I'd already warned Paolo...

there were no more ashtrays in

the house since we all quit smoking.

We needed symbolic gestures...

... to strengthen our conviction.


I just want to put out my cigarette.

- Paolo?

- Yes?

You SOB, are you alone?

Yes, I'm.

How did you convince Lorenzo?

He's the one who insisted.

- Give me a drag.

- Didn't you quit?

Yeah, I just want to make sure.

Here. Has Lorenzo read it?

He will, for sure.

He swore just Davide will read it.

And you believe him, Lorenzo loves to

snoop. I'll be the last to read it.

- Roberta!

- I can't quit everything at a time.

I've even got Saturn in opposition!

Where are your planets?

Let me see.

You're Taurus with Libra rising

and Uranus squared to mid-heaven, eh?

Take a hit, you'll need it!

You weren't born smokers, there was

a time when you didn't smoke.

It is not impossible to quit.

You just need to believe yourself.

Angelica is a psychologist

in a cancer research center.

She holds anti-smoking courses

and forced us to join.

The method didn't work for

everybody, but Roberta was hopeless.

You quit a bad habit by starting another

one, it's the law of compensation.

Did you know it?

I said not to talk to one another.

Concentrate on the smoke,

on how it tastes... it feels when it slides down

your throat and into your chest...

Now take a deep puff, all together.

- How does it feel? Nasty?

- Definetly.

Sergio's just as bad, rather than quit

something, he'd rather add something.

- So, you're a young writer.

- No, it's just a hobby.

I just got my degree in Medicine

and I'm starting my specialization.

Writing is an outlet,

I don't like to brag about it.

What are you writing?

Novels, stories,

poetry, opera librettos?

Short stories.

Sort of fairy-tales.

Like our famous writer here,

that's why Davide invited you.

I'm his fan, so since

he and Lorenzo were close friends...

Very close, so you decided

to take advantage.

No, Lorenzo asked me to.

Yes, that's the beauty of friendship.

To take care of each other's needs

and satisfy them even when not asked.

And how do you satisfy Lorenzo?

I already slept with him twice.

- But we're just friends.

- Friends who have sex too.

But he has sex with guys also.

- Gosh, a bisexual!

- One big revelation after another.

No pigeonholes, please,

I don't like labels.

If I like a person, I don't care who

they are or what they do... depends on what

you feel, on your emotions.

- So, you write fairy-tales?

- Are you pulling my leg?

Dinner is served!

I'd never do that,

I'd love to pull something else.

Don't waste your time,

he's not a gerontophile.

You grabbed the only one left!

These guys are very talented

about food. Trust me.

There are moments like this

when I feel happy.

I don't know why, but seeing Davide

with our friends makes me feel safe.

I know what's on their minds...

... same thoughts, same

words, that's how I like it.

I don't want surprises

or sudden changes.

I want things to stay

as they are now, forever...

... even though I know

"forever" doesn't exist.

I know what they'll do later on.

Angelica will try not to

wake up anyone at home.

... and she'll read a book

in bed waiting for Antonio.


- She's back...

- You have school tomorrow.

The film was on only at midnight.

- You could have taped it.

- Did you repair the VCR?

- I told you not to let him eat.

- He feeds himself.

You're his big sister.

If he eats so much, it's not because

he has problems with his big sister...

...must be he has

problems with someone else.

- And you're a psychologist!

- When Dad gets home, you'll get it!

He's already in bed

and he even took a shower.

- So?

- He usually showers in the morning.

Daddy said he smelled of fish.

I can't go to sleep without

watching two hours of television.

Davide hates TV, but I have to

watch at least one film a night.

Lorenzo, let's go to bed.

You have to get up early tomorrow.

Wait, let me finish this dream.

- The building superintendent?

- I'm seeing him alone.

- Are you sure?

- Yes, it's for the best.

Ok then. Waiting for news.

- I'm going to the bank right now.

- Great.

I've got another call, bye.

- Ok.

- See you.

- Hello?

- Hi, Lorenzo. Angelica.

- I'm worried about Roberta...

- Why?

She was acting

strange last night.

- You have to tell her.

- She doesn't listen to me.

How many times

have we already tried with her?

I could get her an

appointment with a doctor...

...but she has to

believe herself.

- Otherwise it won't work.

- Antonio!

- What?

- He just came out of the bank...

I'll catch him for you.

We have to do something

or she'll get worse.

What's the matter?

You sound nervous.

The usual mess,

Giulia missed school again today.


- No way.

- No, what?

- Antonio went back inside.

- I'll call him later.

Do something about Roberta,

you're the only one she listens to.

- Promise me.

- Yes, I promise. Can I call you later?

- Sure, okay.

- Bye.

Don't say you're

late, schmuck-oo.

- I can't find parking.

- Didn't you use your scooter?

- No, I drove.

- With all this traffic?

I've got a meeting in 15 minutes.

You weren't around earlier.

- Meaning what?

- You can't fool me.

- What's bugging you?

- I saw you.

- When?

- Who was she?

- Who?

- I saw you with a woman.

- She's a client.

- Do you kiss your clients?

- She's a friend, you kiss friends.

- Not on the lips.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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