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Is it right to love two men at once? Is it right to marry them both? A loving mother to 8-year-old Jack and wife to Martin, Diane Sullivan works on a busy Stansted-Bologna airline route. Her time is divided between home and Italy but no-one's complaining. It seems a happy, hard working life. But then she starts an affair with one of her passengers, Mark Landucci, an Italian architect. The first lie she tells is that she's single. As the affair intensifies, Mark proposes to her. Diane has no choice but to walk away... except she can't. Why choose? Her family in London need never know of the life that she is evolving in Italy; just as Mark doesn't know about Martin and Jack. Soon this duplicity becomes a way of life for Diane: a young, intelligent woman whose lies are stacking up to haunt her. Diane's chances of being found out increase with every near-miss. When the questions come, she looks destined to lose just about everything... Written by
A liar, or a bigamist, in this case, ought to remember his or her lies because there is a big chance that somehow, somewhere along the line, he or she will forget something that appears obvious and the secrecy will be revealed, which is almost what happens to the heroine of "Best of Both Worlds", shown recently by the Sundance cable channel.
"Best of Both Worlds" directed with great style by David Richards, and based on a screen play by Paul Abbott, reverses roles. The person at the center of the plot is an English flight attendant, based in London who works the London-Bologna route and appears to have a great life. If you haven't watched the film, please stop reading.
Diane is on one hand happily married to Martin, a chef at a fashionable restaurant in London, and is having an affair with Mark in Bologna. Neither Martin, nor Mark, has an inkling of what beautiful Diane is doing behind their backs. In fact, she seems to function perfectly in both situations and is having a great time with both men.
This is a twist in what is always perceived as what a man would do, but not a woman. Diane is bold in her pursuit of two different lives, never taking into consideration who she might hurt if the truth is known. Also, while the screen direction makes us believe this flight attendant has a lot of free time in both London, and Bologna, it's not realistic, since most of those routes will be done as turn around flights, in which the crew always returns to the home base and there is no possibility of a layover in Italy, as is the case here.
The gorgeous Alice Evans makes an excellent and convincing Diane, the flight attendant who is deceiving both men in her life without any scruples, whatsoever. In a way, this could well be the case. After all, why not? The film makers are trying to convince that it is entirely possible to live in this situation, but common sense tells us it's not so. Mark is played by Cal Macaninch and Martin by Jo Stone-Ewings with great style. Carol Starks is Karen, Alice's co-worker and confident.
The film is fun to watch. Some interesting sights of Bologna and of the Emilia-Romagna area are seen in the film.
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