The Republic of Love (2003)

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A story of love and enchantment set in the coldest of winters, it explores the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st Century, based on the novel of ... See full summary »



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A story of love and enchantment set in the coldest of winters, it explores the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st Century, based on the novel of the same name by Pullitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields. Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host, whose unconventional upbringing has made him a little too quick to fall in love and marry, resulting in three divorces before the age of 40. Fay is his total opposite; her romantic ideal has not yet been attained and is unlikely ever to be due to her impossibly high expectations as a result of living with the perfection that is her parents' rock solid marriage. This unlikely pairing proves the rule that in love, there are no rules and the couple meet and fall deeply in love at first sight. All is faultless, until Fay's parents' marriage breaks down suddenly, out of nowhere, after 40 years of wedded bliss. Fay and their relationship are thrown into turmoil. Will Tom be able to persuade... Written by Anonymous

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Geography is destiny


Comedy | Drama | Romance






Release Date:

13 February 2004 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

I dimokratia tou erota  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Emilia Fox (Fay) is the real life daughter of Edward Fox (Richard). See more »

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For Carol Shields (1935-2003) See more »


Composed Written by George Frideric Handel (as George Frederick Handel)
Performed by The All Saints Anglican Choir
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Deepa Mehta's limited vision
19 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Republic of Love sadly confirms my suspicion that Deepa Mehta is a director of limited talent and vision. The film is dramatically and emotionally inert - a far, far cry from Carol Shields source novel. Certain sequences - for example, the lamentable nonsense about mermaids in the museum - are little short of embarrassing, with Mehta seemingly unable to construct convincing relationships. Certain sets look as if they were built on very limited budgets. The whole thing isn't helped by weak decisions in the casting department. Emilia Fox is cold and fails to convince us of any of her character's passion. Bruce Greenwood struggles to convince us of his heterosexuality. And Edward Fox is

  • well - just plain terrible. His accent sounds as it was trained at

the Dick Van Dyke School of Elocution. A major misfire. Avoid.

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