An ideal husband, film directed by Oliver Parker in 1999, is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play (1895) of the same title – starring Jeremy Northam (Sir Robert Chiltern); Cate Blanchett (Gertrude); Rupert Everett (Lord Arthur Goring); Minnie Driver (Miss Mabel Chiltern) and Julianne Moore (Mrs Laura Cheveley). The story is about two friends: Sir Robert Chiltern, a successful Government minister, and the lazy but charming Lord Arthur Goring. Chiltern has a loving wife, Gertrude, and is supported (aiutato) by his brilliant sister, Mabel. Goring flirts with Mabel but does not make up his mind (non si decide) and marry. This happy balance (equilibrio) is broken by the arrival in London of Mrs Cheveley, their old acquaintance (conoscenza). Mrs Laura Cheveley has an evidence (prova) of a past misdeed (misfatto) and wants to blackmail (ricattare) the “perfect” minister compromising his marriage. Lord Goring will help Sir Robert. The end: the man thought to be perfect is imperfect, the man with all the imperfection does something right.