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The Swedish moviemaker Lasse Hallström was brought to Hollywood following the success of the funny, moving, deeply honest My Life As a Dog. But for 20 years he's largely devoted himself to increasingly glossy, romantic crowd-pleasers, the serious exception being his version of John Irving's novel The Cider House Rules. Safe Haven, his second adaptation of a bestselling weepie by Nicholas Sparks, is an almost unendurably sentimental tale of a young woman in flight from an abusive relationship in New England who finds Mr Right at a cosy little seaport in South Carolina. He's a handsome widower with two small children, one adorable, the other in need of a mother's love, and the idyll is broken and mended on 4 July. At the beginning there's a certain suspense, and there's also for those who like it, and obviously many do, a generous helping of divine intervention.

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