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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Riotta ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Signora Raguzzi


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 Huggo

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villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (166) »


Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$43,601,508 (USA) (30 January 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer/director Audrey Wells said that when she was writing the script, the only actress she thought of to play Patti was Sandra Oh. They had worked together on Guinevere (1999). One of Oh's guests on the Italian location was her fiancé Alexander Payne. See more »


When in the cafe eating the ice cream, the ice cream changes shape from one round ball to a dollop between shots. See more »


Frances: You're the one that made the "empty-shell person standing at the crossroads" speech.
Patti: Oh, yeah. That was me.
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References A Room with a View (1985) See more »


Humming Chorus
(from "Madama Butterfly")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House Chorus and Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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A Delightful Romance, With a Tour Through the Wonders of Italy and a Great Homage to the Italian Cinema
29 March 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the American writer and critic Francesca (Diane Lane) divorces from her husband, she becomes very depressed. Meanwhile, her lesbian friend Patti (Sandra Oh) gets pregnant and Patti and her mate decide to give their travel to Tuscan in a gay tour as a gift to Frances, to lift her moral. Once in Italy, Frances decides to spend all her savings, buying an old villa in an impulsive decision. While reforming the place, Frances finds wonderful places, friendship with the locals and love. "Under the Tuscan Sun" is a delightful romance, with a tour through the wonders of Italy and a great homage to the Italian cinema, with a reference to "La Dolce Vita" and a minor participation of Mario Monicelli. Diane Lane looks like wine, becoming more gorgeous along the years, and with a lovely face and smile. I have never had the chance to visit Italy, and after seeing the magnificent locations and the nice people of Italy, I believe most of the viewers will have the feeling of expecting to have a chance to visit such a marvelous place. I really liked this enjoyable film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sob o Sol da Toscana" ("Under the Tuscan Sun")

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