A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
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Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time.... See full summary »
Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis (Messing) to hire a male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.
Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by
The director wanted to cast actual Polish actors to play the immigrant Polish workers in the film, but couldn't due problems and delays getting work visas for the Polish actors from the Italian government. See more »
When Frances meets Marcello, she is being pursued by a group of men. As she runs around a corner, her boots are visible underneath her dress and they are medium brown or tan. Later on that same day, when Frances and Marcello start making love in the antiques store, her boots are black. See more »
But, please tell the contessa that this is what I got for my house recently, in dollars, minus the work on the place, um... hammers, buckets, men,
[under her breath]
chocolate, and a rental car to drive off a cliff when this all turns out to have been a terrible mistake. That's what I can pay.
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Arguably one of the most beautiful women currently working in Hollywood, Diane Lane takes on the role of Frances, a recently divorced writer who is convinced by her friends to get out of Los Angeles for awhile and take a trip to Italy. Desiring to start a new life and do something drastic, she buys a villa there, and the rest of the film follows her as she rebuilds the villa (which is used as a metaphor for her life). Set against the beautiful Tuscan countryside, every shot in this film is vibrant with colors and life, convincingly establishing that this is where life for Frances needs to be. Along with the countryside comes a rich culture, which is explored with great respect by director Wells. The characters Frances encounters around town are funny and quirky, but are portrayed as people, not comic relief. The way they act is simply how they are; they're not trying to be funny or quirky. Wells captured the essence of Italy perfectly, and it is a shame that the rest of the movie was quite terrible. The dialogue was forced, Diane Lane did not carry this picture well, and the interaction between principal characters seemed artificial and made the viewer feel like they were watching a movie, not a woman trying to rebuild her life. I don't think it was Lane's fault, however, possibly poor direction or possibly just the awful script, but I cared a lot more about the scenery than her. Take out the dialogue and this film would play perfectly as a travel video for Tuscany, unfortunately that is about all it adds up to. Rating: 15/40
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