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Enchanted April (1991)

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This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has its own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Elizabeth von Arnim (novel), Peter Barnes
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Josie Lawrence ... Lottie Wilkins
Miranda Richardson ... Rose Arbuthnot
Alfred Molina ... Mellersh Wilkins
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Vicar
Jim Broadbent ... Frederick Arbuthnot
Michael Kitchen ... George Briggs
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Fisher
Polly Walker ... Caroline Dester
Stephen Beckett ... Jonathan
Matthew Radford Matthew Radford ... Patrick
Davide Manuli ... Beppo
Vittorio Duse ... Domenico
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Francesca
Anna Longhi Anna Longhi ... Costanza
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This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has its own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a little mini-trip to Italy, a gorgeously filmed enchantment. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's April in Italy, and anything can happen...even love.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Avril enchanté See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,200,170
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mellersh Wilkins is warned by local workmen about the boiler, but ignores them with disastrous consequences, he protests, 'I didn't know "pericoloso" meant "explosion"!' 'Pericoloso' is in fact Italian for 'dangerous'. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, the vase of flowers at the dining table repeatedly changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Caroline: I want to just sit and not talk and not have to be the centre of attention all the time. You know what that's like don't you?
Rose: No.
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: Sarah's Vestigial Organ (1996) See more »

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Chanson de Matin
Composed by Edward Elgar
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Delicious Italian April breeze and trees
10 April 2004 | by shu-fenSee all my reviews

When life is not leading towards anywhere promising, stop, go somewhere else, relax, restore and restart.

The movie has been on air in town for a brief period, about ten days in a very small cinema at sleazy area. Though I missed the show, some ten years later I borrowed it from British Council again, now the library of BC has been closed down.

Magic Italy, who can resist its charm? Rational and cool-headed English people always find the southern Mediterranean countries a place to channel their suppressed feeling and emotion, and Italy of course is one of the choices.

At that conservative time, married housewives usually travelled overseas with their husbands. These four women who were suffering from various kinds of unhappiness find refuge to lick their crooked feathers at an Italian island. After reflecting on their lives, they are much refreshed. And further afield in London, during the absence of their wives, the husbands also have revelation about their life goals and go to the island to join their life partners. And happily, the cynical Caroline Dester found her love too.

The cinematography was lyrical and comforting, a landmark of many European movies. Solely by watching without thinking careful about the people or other things, the movie soothes one's weary soul and heart.

I tried to dig up Elizabeth von Arnim's other novels but they were not available easily now. Thank you Mike Newell, otherwise we'll never know her and her enchanting works.


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