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 »


27 Mothers
Written and Performed by Mike Moran
Published by Sam Music
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Chemistry saves the day
14 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous commentary that there is an excellent director at work in this film, and that the script can be rather thin at times. However, the chemistry between Bruce Greenwood and Emilia Fox save the movie. The ups and downs they face have some similar correlation to the problems we all face in real life, although there are times when one wonders about their strange situations. Still, both actors have created full, living and breathing characters for us to enjoy and, while at times we wonder why the story heads in a certain direction, we are still captivated by the relationship these two actors have created for the screen.

In my youth I was never a fan of Canadian productions. Films like this keep changing my mind and deserve all the support we can give it.

Get your lover, a bottle of your favourite wine and enjoy; it's worth it.

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