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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frances
... Patti
... Katherine
... Marcello
Vincent Riotta ... Martini
... Old Man with Flowers
... Placido
Anita Zagaria ... Fiorella
Evelina Gori ... Nona Cardinale
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt ... Chiara (as Giulia Steigerwalt)
... Pawel
... Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic ... Zbignew
... Nino
... 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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villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (170) »

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Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Frances: This is really bad, isn't it?
Patti: Well, it's not good. Unless you want to give your ass a facial.
Frances: That's a contradiction in terms.
Patti: i guess it would be more like an Ass-cail
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Referenced in Family Guy: Passenger Fatty-Seven (2017) See more »

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Humming Chorus
(from "Madama Butterfly")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House Chorus and Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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18 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's a story about how people who want things badly rush themselves into experiences that are worse than their previous ones. It's a good movie with several deep messages. The movie also has a certain atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in Tuscan on a trip yourself. I have to disagree with the view that says you need to be in love to enjoy the movie. All what you need is some depth and you will definitely relate to the protagonist. She happens to be healing from a failing marriage but you can relate to her story if you are dealing with any kind of problems in your life.

There is one specific part of the movie which I truly like is the one where she defends the love story of a young couple though she was hurt. This shows that even though she failed she didn't cease to believe in love. She succeeded in going out of the egocentricity of a person who usually hates good for people if his life is not working successfully.


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