“The Goddess of Fortune” is described partly in genre as an “LGBT Film”. The more references I see to this being a genre the more frustrated I get. The more a community defines itself as such the less it becomes human. It can be made subject to an analogy of late In the current American politics of hate where the term “black lives matter” has roared into the forefront and god help people who profess what is more important is “all lives matter”.
“The Goddess of Fortune” has its two main characters as gay man but it is so well done their homosexuality becomes irrelevant to me. It is just a married couple facing a crumbling of their marriage brought back together and into love again by two small children. Why try and ruin a wonderful story by trying to define the film as in the LGBT genre.
Let me try and recap the story without giving it away but first note it is a Warner Brothers Italia film and as such this is perhaps why the gayness of the men was not emphasized as the mainstream viewer could be categorized as anti-gay, intolerant of gays, accepting of gays or a gay prider. So water down the gay part and try as make as many camps at ease as possible? Unlike many of the LGBT films I have reviewed there are no steamy and “intimate” gay scenes. Is Warner Bothers Italia just about the same as Warner Brothers Hollywood?
The movie begins with a joyous marriage scene of Arturo (Stefano Accorsi) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo) with a happy assemblage of friends both gay, trans and straight. Near the end Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca) arrives with her two young children Martina and Sandro. Alessandro and Annamaria were once lovers until Alessandro defected from heterosexuality to homosexuality and fell in love with Arturo. Could it be that the young boy Sandro is Alessandro’s son?
Well Annamaria states she is in town not only to attend the wedding but to undergo some tests for the severe migraines she has been suffering from and have Alessandro and Arturo mind her children for three days. Arturo and Alessandro really fall in love with the two children. They are natural parents, protective, loving and nurturing. Well the migraines are something far more serious and poor Annamaria succumbs but not before appointing Alessandro as their legal guardian.
Well as it turns out Arturo falls ill and Alessandro receives a call from a “friend” of Arturo saying he should come and retrieve Arturo.Well the friend of Arturo has been more than a “friend” for two years and Arturo and Alessandro are on the edge of breaking up. They hope to leave Martina and Sando to Annamaria’s baroness mother in Palermo so off they go from Rome to Palermo on a long ferry ride.
We discover that the baroness is a mean old bird who abused Annamaria as a child so Alessandro and Arturo can’t simply bear to leave the children with a mean bitch so off they head back to Rome but before they board the ferry they all take a dip in the ocean in a very tender scene participating in a trick Annamaria told her children about the Goddess of Fortune, a statute at a museum where Annamaria worked. The trick to keeping a person with you forever is to close your eyes after staring at that person stealing their image in your heart and that person will be with you forever. Well it is not the trick that worked or maybe it was. But the tragic death of Annamaria has restored love between Arturo and Alessandro and created even more love and compassion between the two men and the children and the children most likely have cemented that love forever so perhaps there is some trick of fate involved.
A sensitive film directed by renowned Ferzan Ozpetek in Italian and with English subtitles. An excellent soundtrack and if you spoke Italian you might need a Kleenex if you could understand the lyrics.
The film opened in Canada and the United States on November 17th and you can access by clicking this link https://www.bgpics.com/movies/the-goddess-of-fortune/