The Life You Wanted

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The Life You Wanted
Netflix poster
ItalianLa vita che volevi
Written by
Directed byIvan Cotroneo
ComposerGabriele Roberto
Country of originItaly
Original languageItalian
ProducerMassimo Del Frate
CinematographyGian Filippo Corticelli
EditorAndrea Montanari
Running time47–50 minutes
Production companyBanijay Studios Italy
Original release
Release29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)

The Life You Wanted (Italian: La vita che volevi) is an Italian drama television series. It was released on Netflix on 29 May 2024.[1]


Gloria, a transgender woman, lives happily in Lecce, but her life is turned upside down with the arrival of Marina, her old friend from Naples. Gloria is reluctant to reconnect, as Marina reminds her of her pre-transition days, a time she would like to forget.



No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"48 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
2"Episode 2"50 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
3"Episode 3"47 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
4"Episode 4"49 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
5"Episode 5"47 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
6"Episode 6"48 min29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)


Speaking about the series, series creator Ivan Cotroneo stated:

We wanted to write a story about a non-cisgender woman, a strong and independent woman, the story of a transgender woman. Often these characters are left on the margins, are collateral, or, in any case, marginalized.[2]

The series was filmed in Lecce and Naples beginning in March 2023.[3][4] After filming in and falling in love with Apulia, lead actress Vittoria Schisano bought a house in the region.[5]


  1. ^ Moore, Kasey (16 April 2024). "Upcoming Netflix Movies and Series Coming in 2024". What's on Netflix. Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  2. ^ Boni, Federico (19 September 2023). "La Vita che Volevi, Ivan Cotroneo e la serie con Vittoria Schisano: "Volevo una donna trans finalmente protagonista"". Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  3. ^ Manca, Mario (27 March 2023). "La vita che volevi, al via le riprese della nuova serie di Netflix con Vittoria Schisano". Vanity Fair Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  4. ^ De Cesare, Stefania (27 March 2023). "La serie Netflix "La vita che volevi" a Lecce: ecco le location del set". Quotidiano Di Puglia (in Italian). Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  5. ^ Vittoria Schisano: il ritorno sugli schermi - Storie di donne al bivio 29/02/2024. Rai. 1 March 2024. Retrieved 24 April 2024 – via YouTube.

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