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So This Is Romance? (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 22 May 1998 (Spain)
The story of a broke but talented composer, Mike, and his search for true love. The question is, how to find it, especially when your insecurities tends to make you jealous even when a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reece Dinsdale ... Mike
Victoria Smurfit ... Helen
Clara Bellar Clara Bellar ... Sarah
John Hannah ... Tony
Frank Finlay ... Mike's Dad
Susannah York ... Mike's Mum
Rowena King ... Moira
Maryam d'Abo ... Sara II
Doreen Mantle ... Clairvoyant
Victoria Worsley Victoria Worsley ... Susan 'The Witch'
David Sterne ... Murray
Kamilla Blanche Kamilla Blanche ... Alice
Fiona Mogridge Fiona Mogridge ... Julie (as Fiona Lee-Fraser)
Anna Livia Ryan Anna Livia Ryan ... Dianne (as Anna Liva-Ryan)
Michelle Monks Michelle Monks ... Esther


The story of a broke but talented composer, Mike, and his search for true love. The question is, how to find it, especially when your insecurities tends to make you jealous even when a girlfriend strokes your cat. Mike's alcoholic writer father who believes all his ills will be cured by finding his runaway wife, tells him there is only one thing that makes life worth living: "the empress"; perfect sex that goes on for days with a woman so beautiful you could cry. To Mike, however, the empress is love that lasts forever, not sex that lasts for days. Written by Anette Rosberg <anette.rosberg@malmo.se>

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It's the best date movie of the year


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated






Release Date:

22 May 1998 (Spain) See more »

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Romance and Rejection See more »

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Bloomsbury Films See more »
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Written, Performed and Produced by Matthew "herbert" Herbert
Recorded in Swingtime
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A Very British Movie!!!
20 June 2001 | by fiona davidsonSee all my reviews

I loved this film. It tells the story of a single 36 year old, Mike (Reece Dinsdale) and his constant efforts to find that elusive thing called romance. He tries too hard each time as he doesn't really have a clue about the opposite sex, or feelings, or have any grasp of the downside of jumping in at the deep end. His best mate (John Hannah) is a lot more laid back, and surprise, surprise, he gets through without too many hiccups which must be pretty sickening from Mike's point of view.

The other story that is intertwined is the story of Mike's dad and long lost mum. Now that is true romance and everything that it is - the parts were brilliantly played by seasoned actors Frank Finlay and Susannah York.

Every role was played well and the thoughts and dialogue were well scripted and funny. I doubt if there is anyone who can truly say they have never been in one of these romantic predicaments.

I must just add another observation though about the previous comment. How is this film too English? I think all concerned would far prefer it to be too British (there is a difference) which I don't see as a problem and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. We have a different way of life and different attitudes but as long as people appreciate that then enjoyment of the film shouldn't be hampered. I haven't seen Swingers yet but I will look out for it to do a British comparison!

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