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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

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Carlo Cecchi ...
Carlo Lisca
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Diana (as Sinead Cusack)
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Gregory
Anna Maria Gherardi ...
Chiarella Donati
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Mary Jo Sorgani ...
Maria
Leonardo Treviglio ...
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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Dancing by Myself  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$103,028 (USA) (16 June 1996)

Gross:

$4,573,330 (USA) (15 September 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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"Say it Ain't So" by Roland Gift, the song during the end credits, was not on the soundtrack CD. See more »

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When Richard tells Lucy to stick out her tongue, her hair changes between shots from loose in front of her left shoulder, to tucked neatly behind it. See more »

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[first lines]
Lucy: What are you doing?
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References Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) See more »

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HORN CONCERTO No.1 In D K.V.412
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Courtesy of Naxos America
by arrangement with Source/Q
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An Underrated, Misunderstood Gem of a Film
13 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Liv Tyler is the "star" of this film she is only one facet of a beautiful film. While many comments focus on the coming of age plot line. This film not only presents a sexual beginning, but also an emotional journey. With the death of her poet laureate mother, Lucy (Liv Tyler) must find her way to emotional and sexual adulthood. Fortunately, the film never gets bogged down, or depressing.

Set in the lovely Tuscany province, Lucy's father sends her to spend time with friends of her mother and pose for an artist. Several of the characters are transparent, and easily understood, others are far more complex. Like life not all the answers are give, but the film rewards the viewer on multiple levels.

Enjoy watching the secondary characters grow in their own ways as well.

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