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  (in credits order)

Frances O'Connor ... Elaine Walker

Simon Baker ... David Walker

Gregory Smith ... Chet Becker

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Heather

Joanna Adler ... Melissa (as Joanna P. Adler)

Sabrina Grdevich ... Lilian

Ari Graynor ... Naomi
Beth MacDonald ... Yoga Instructor
Brett Tabor ... Coach

Van Hughes ... Swimmer #1
C.J. Aker ... Swimmer #2 (as CJ Aker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherie Melby ... Swim Team Supporter

EJ Scalzi ... Bartender / Waiter

Brendan Bradley ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Tiana Idoni-Matthews ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Justice ... Swim Team (uncredited)
Stephen Pollak ... Swimmer #3 (uncredited)
Mario Vrbanec ... Catholic School Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Brown 
Writing credits
Alan Brown (written by)

Produced by
Robert Ahrens .... producer
Mickey Liddell .... executive producer
Michael Romero .... line producer
Original Music by
Stewart Wallace 
Cinematography by
William Rexer (director of photography) (as William Rexer II)
Film Editing by
Trevor Ristow 
Casting by
Ellen Parks 
Production Design by
Kelly McGehee 
Art Direction by
Tommaso Ortino 
Jae Song 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
Makeup Department
Annick Chartier .... key makeup artist
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Fiorelli .... second assistant director
Kurt Lustgarten .... second second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
Art Department
Daba Briggs .... assistant set dresser
Anna Butwell .... set dresser
Carey Garris .... assistant to art director
Abe Kemmis .... property master (as Abraham Kemmis)
Anita LaScala .... lead scenic
Patrick McGowan .... construction coordinator
Maura Naughton .... set art director
Helen Noble .... shopper
Juan Sanchez .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Damian Canelos .... sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Lukasz Janik .... boom operator
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound editor
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Abigail Savage .... sound designer
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Daniel Tripoli .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Miller .... flame artist
Jim Montague .... smoke artist
Joe Zito .... smoke artist
Visual Effects by
John Miller .... flame artist
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Heath Allen .... additional grip
Sebastián Almeida .... additional assistant camera (as Sebastian Almeida)
Jean Michel Alperin .... additional electrician
Ethan Borsuk .... additional assistant camera
James Casey .... additional electrician
John D'Agostino .... still photographer
Marcello Duarte .... first assistant camera (as Marcelo Duarte)
Peter Fackler .... swing
Peter Fackler .... third electrician
Avra Fox-Lerner .... additional grip
Jonathan Furmanski .... additional camera operator
Lisa Marie Gleeson .... additional electrician
Lisa-Marie Gleeson .... additional electrician (as Lisa Marie Gleeson)
Amy Hall .... best boy electric
Milly Itzhak .... additional assistant camera
Mark Koenig .... additional electrician
Dan Kubicek .... additional electrician
Marcus Lehmann .... additional electrician
Bryan Lett .... best boy grip (as Brian Lett)
Dereck McCaine .... additional camera operator
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... additional grip (as Mike Prisco)
Chris Reynolds .... second assistant camera
Namik Sanil .... swing
Namik Sanil .... third electrician
Matt Schuman .... additional grip
Randy Schwartz .... additional assistant camera
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Allen Zellman .... additional grip
Casting Department
Beverly Stoneking .... casting assistant: Ellen Parks
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy C. Bradshaw .... assistant costume designer
Amy R. Burt .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy Burt)
Colleen McTigue .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Carlos Rodriguez .... colorist
Luna Shyr .... assistant editor
Scot Starbuck .... colorist: dailies
Location Management
Rory Celentano .... location manager
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager
Gary Giudice .... location scout
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location scout (as Charlynne Hopson)
Keith Krinsky .... location scout
Andrea Leoncavallo .... assistant location manager
Sascha Springer .... location scout
Nils Widboom .... location scout
Music Department
Richard Craig .... musician: saxes
Christian Forshaw .... musician: saxes
Bradley Grant .... musician: saxes
Dan Greeson .... musician: percussion
Joe Guthrie .... music supervisor
James Poke .... artistic director: music group Icebreaker
James Poke .... musician: flutes, pan-pipes
Audrey Riley .... musician: cello
Dominic Saunders .... musician: keyboards
Rowland Sutherland .... musician: flutes, pan-pipes
Ian Watson .... musician: accordion
Emma Welton .... musician: violin
Pete Wilson .... musician: bass guitar
James Woodrow .... musician: guitar
Andrew Zolinsky .... musician: keybopards
Transportation Department
Chris Ryan .... driver
Dave Satkowski .... driver
Other crew
Frederick P. Bimbler .... legal services: Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Shepperd (as Frederick Bimbler)
Andrew Brotzman .... assistant to director
Natasha Chuk .... assistant to producer
Mark Andrew Clark .... acquisitions executive
Valerie Clayman Pye .... dialect coach
Debra Delibro .... production intern
Eve Dilworth .... office production assistant
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect consultant
Bruce Hall .... additional production assistant
Louise Lovegrove .... key production assistant
Anthony McDermond .... key production assistant
Anthony Monticello .... production intern
Gloria Pichhadze .... script supervisor
Jonathan Rubenstein .... additional production assistant
Tim Sanderson .... additional production assistant
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services: Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Shepperd
Steve Shapiro .... set production assistant (as Steven Shapiro)
José Tejada .... overnight security (as Jose Tejada)
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Angela Victor .... production coordinator
John White .... office production assistant
Francie Brown .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Steve Shapiro .... web site designer (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content and language
USA:83 min (Sundance Film Festival)

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Elaine Walker:[singing for David] The book of love is long and boring, no one can lift the damn thing. It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing. But I love it when you read to me, and you can read me anything. The book of love is long and boring, and written very long ago. It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes and things we're all too young to know. But I love it when you give me things, and you ought to give me wedding rings.See more »
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Forbidden Romance, 10 January 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

A young married couple befriends a lonely teenage boy in an ice cream shop. As the friendship blossoms, romantic feelings develop between the wife and the boy. It's a provocative story with contemporary relevance. Withy a backdrop of New Age philosophy "Book Of Love" explores the impact of this unsettling romance on the three individuals.

The acting of the three leads is fine. But the screenplay is thin. Even with a runtime of just 83 minutes, there's just not that much substance. Director Alan Brown tries to draw a parallel between the wife's mistakes in judgment and the mistakes of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, a parallel that seems contrived at best. Further, the wife's involvement with the boy lacks a motivational basis, given her current marriage. And her behavior seems way too casual to be credible.

Nominated for an award at the Sundance Film Festival, "Book Of Love" at least tries to do something daring. It is low-key, and not at all exploitative. The background music is interesting. And, as a low budget film, the production values are credible. On the other hand, the script probably does not have enough conflict or plot complication to engage most viewers. The story seems too direct and too linear to be compelling.

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