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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

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Audrey Wells

Writers:

Frances Mayes (book), Audrey Wells (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Frances
Sandra Oh ... Patti
Lindsay Duncan ... Katherine
Raoul Bova ... Marcello
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Martini
Mario Monicelli ... Old Man with Flowers
Roberto Nobile ... Placido
Anita Zagaria Anita Zagaria ... Fiorella
Evelina Gori Evelina Gori ... Nona Cardinale
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt Giulia Louise Steigerwalt ... Chiara (as Giulia Steigerwalt)
Pawel Szajda ... Pawel
Valentine Pelka ... Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic Sasa Vulicevic ... Zbignew
Massimo Sarchielli ... Nino
Claudia Gerini ... Signora Raguzzi
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Storyline

Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches ... Written by Huggo

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The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Italy

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,751,425, 28 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,610,723, 5 February 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,878,723
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The director wanted to cast actual Polish actors to play the immigrant Polish workers in the film, but couldn't due problems and delays getting work visas for the Polish actors from the Italian government. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, as a voiceover speaks of the Semmering Pass railway from Austria to Italy, we are shown a train of the Rhätische Bahn (or Rhaetian Railway). Except for a very short section in Italy, the RhB operates only in Switzerland; it's nowhere near the Semmering Pass. See more »

Quotes

Patti: Think of your inner voice.
Frances: Inner voice... "What the fuck am I doing on a gay tour of Tuscany?"
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Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I Really Loved This Film
14 May 2006 | by luckylib14See all my reviews

So, I've heard this film got the beating because it wasn't like the book? Ah, well, trust me; I'm a huge book-lover (and Harry Potter fan), so I can say that if I had read the book and was an immense fan, I probably wouldn't have liked the film if it had taken the basis out of the original story. I truly sympathize with those of you who disliked this film because it did not go with the book in some way or another. ;)

Although, since I love writing myself, I have a very wonderful relationship with this film and its delicious scenery, how the characters in it build in confidence, and the whimsical things that seem to be thrown in it artfully. Yes, there are some so-called "cliches", which is a word I hate using. We use that word to describe things that happen every day in our life, things that repeat themselves in storybooks and films and are heard so often that we are likely to vomit with expectancy of it all. But the thing that hit me about this film is that a lot of things happen that you really don't expect. The coming-of-age story has been told for ages, and will be expressed forever, with all its little tidbits of similar goings-on (serious situation happens, main character finds escape, love, broken heart, confusion..etc.). I don't think an entire genre of literature can deny its existence, now, can it? :)

The acting is superb, and it has a lot of light-hearted moments that lift it up. It's basically about accepting yourself before you can truly find "Mr.Right", and realizing that you shouldn't put the blame on yourself for every single thing in your life that happens, and about taking chances because life can have pros and cons. I even think that some men would like it. This film was very inspiring to me, and although I didn't see it in theaters, I left my couch feeling very creative and content, as if I wasn't the only one who got inspiration from the little things life seems to hand out.


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