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FRIDAY

If His Secret Life were set in Washington, Antonia (Margherita Buy) would live in Potomac and Michele (Stefano Accorsi) in Columbia Heights. Suburban Antonia has no reason to ever venture into Michele’s neighborhood in Rome’s south side, but then her husband, a doctor specializing in AIDS cases, is hit by a car and dies. Going through his things, Antonia realizes that her spouse was having an affair. Tracking the available evidence to a downscale but hip area, Antonia receives another shock: Her husband’s longtime lover was a man. This is not the cue for jealous recriminations. After overcoming the initial shock, Antonia is accepted into Michele’s extended family, which includes transsexuals, AIDS patients, and Turkish refugees. Turkish-Italian director Ferzan (Steam) Ozpetek’s gently political dramedy is a little glib, but it should warm the hearts of people who believe that urban outsiders are really more normal than the suburban bourgeoisie. It screens at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW.; see Showtimes for details. (Mark Jenkins)