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|Original title:||Napoli Velata|
|Production country:||Italien 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 113 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Although it's not their way at all, Adriana (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) lets herself be seduced by the younger, attractive Andrea (Alessandro Borghi) after a party. The two of them experience a night full of passion. However, Adriana does not expect it to become more than a one-night stand. All the more delighted she is when Andrea tells her that he wants to see her again. The renowned medical examiner is on cloud nine, can't think of anything else all day long than the upcoming date. But Andrea doesn't show up for the meeting. He doesn't respond to Adriana's calls either. A short time later, when she experiences the terrible reason for his absence, a world collapses for her. But then the story takes an unexpected turn…
With "The Secret of Naples" director Ferzan Ozpetek has created a real audience success in Italy. At the beginning the movie manages very well to build up a gripping, electrifying atmosphere - first through a slightly disturbing opening sequence and then through a quite explicit, but quite erotically tingling sex scene. The audience wants to know what the prologue has to do with the story of Adriana and Andrea and where their journey takes them. The scene in which Adriana learns what happened to Andrea is extremely powerful - although you can see her coming from far away as a viewer.
All these are set pieces for a successful mix of eroticism, thriller and mystery, immersed in fascinatingly beautiful pictures of Naples. But then the story takes a turn - and with it also more and more confusion comes into the events. Although this also has its charm, there is something out of it towards the end. The ending leaves the audience completely at a loss. On the one hand, it is exciting to speculate about what really happened and how blurred the boundaries are between delusion and reality. But a little bit more clarity would have been good, so that the ending doesn't leave such an unsatisfactory impression.
"The Secret of Naples" is an interesting movie, that already exudes a certain charm. But apart from the fact that some scenes are much too long, the staging in the last third gets more and more lost in a confusion from which there is no escape anymore. After the successful build-up of tension at the beginning of the story, this seems more disappointing than challenging. And therefore in the end it is only enough for a "worth seeing"!
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