Director: Fraydun Manocherian
Writer: Fraydun Manocherian (Screenplay)
Starring: Victor Alfieri, Lone Skye, Sarah Steele, Talia Shire
Plot: To satisfy his father’s wish, a handsome and powerful billionaire travels alone, without money, and without using his real name to New York City. When the former playboy meets an attractive and down-to-earth real estate agent, the reason behind his father’s wish becomes apparent and they both discover that true love is something that money just can’t buy.
Tagline – Love is something money can’t buy
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: My Secret Billionaire starts when playboy billionaire Ferro Olivetti (Alfieri) learns the tragic news about his father being left with very little time to live, which will see him return to Italy for one last visit. Ferro is asked to complete one final request by his father, to travel to somewhere without using his identity to meet someone new, without his wealth being a factor in their relationship.
Ferro adopts the name of Claude and travels around New York looking for a job, home and he uses his good nature to meet Mr Curtis, a strict businessman who never gives anyone a chance a role as a chauffeur. In this role he gets to meet real estate agent Diane (Skye) who has been suffering with her own nightmares, something Ferro can help her solve.
Thoughts on My Secret Billionaire
Characters & Performances – Ferro Olivetti is a successful businessman from a traditional family, his company is on the verge of making him a billionaire. He has always followed in his family traditions, which means when his father takes a turn for the worse, he is given one last task, live one month like a normal person, hide his identity and try to make a living and meet somebody who will fall for him, not his money. Ferro has a patient nature that will give him time to get to know people, being one of the most kind-natured people in the world. Victor Alfieri is great in this leading role, he brings the opening nature of his confidence to make this character one of the nicest you will see this year. Diane is the shy, struggling real state agent that has been trying to put her life back together. She meets Ferro who helps her feel happy for the first time in a long time, seeing her take extra chances in her life. Lone Skye does bring us a more grounded damaged character that has been through a lot that is fragile at this moment in her life.
Story – The story here follows a billionaire who wants to honour his father’s dying wish to spend a month away from his fortune, being an everyday person, looking to find a job and love, in a place where nobody knows his true identity. This is a story that we might well have seen before with a person needing to find love without the people around them knowing the truth. It gets the important message about treating people well and the right thing will come together in life, showing respect to anyone who offers honesty in life. When it comes to the romantic side of the story, it does show us how people can fall in love quickly, without planning anything in life, love can just come around and hit hard.
Themes – My Secret Billionaire does bring us a romantic story that shows how love can hit suddenly without any planning, showing it will make people think again suddenly in life. The comedy does come from the supporting roles, which will get the laughs without taking away from the bigger picture. The New York backdrop is always going to help a romantic comedy shine, as it will give you a chance to meet people who might help you in life.