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The Book of Eve (2002)

A Romanian immigrant (Daniel Lavoie) uses good food, good humor and good conversation to break down the walls around a reclusive woman's (Claire Bloom) heart.


Claude Fournier


Constance Beresford-Howe (novel), Claude Fournier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Bloom ... Eva Smallwood
Daniel Lavoie ... Johnny Brancusi
Susannah York ... May
Julian Glover ... Burt Smallwood
Marie-Jo Therio Marie-Jo Therio ... Jeanne LeBlanc
Luck Mervil ... Cab Driver 1
Angèle Coutu ... Madame Plante
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ... Neil Smallwood
Ted Whittall ... Martin Elkins
Leon Lissek ... Sam
Pamela Salem ... Goldie
Pascale Devigne Pascale Devigne ... Rosemary
Fanny La Croix ... Kim
Dan Bigras ... Brian Turmel
Vlasta Vrana ... Steve Lock


A Romanian immigrant (Daniel Lavoie) uses good food, good humor and good conversation to break down the walls around a reclusive woman's (Claire Bloom) heart.

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Release Date:

September 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Buch Eva - Ticket ins Paradies See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD 6,300,000 (estimated)
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this film is awful
17 December 2004 | by jedilostSee all my reviews

The film starts like a promising story about the struggles of an old lady who decides to leave her husband and financially secured but dissatisfied life for a new beginning. However, it quickly turns into a really cheesy love story. If you are a senior citizen who loves to read third class romance books this film might be appealing for you, but if you want something deeper just stay away from it.

I am not against love stories but i am against the way they are handled, the way this film is handled in particular. It is a one dimensional shallow story in which everything goes just smooth. Even if some problems occur, they are there to be solved easily so that everybody, especially the audience will feel happy. This film might be a perfect textbook about how a good idea can be wasted for the sake of reaching average television audience.

I also really hated the way Johnny character is depicted, as because this character does not reflect the reality even a bit. The likelihood that you will hit an average Romanian who is highly intellectual who has the best taste of everything, who can play piano, who has famous artist relatives if he is not himself an artist, who also have carpenter abilities, and also the perfect romantic lover, is not more than the likelihood you will hit such a guy from your own local town. This character might be only reflecting the image of a middle-European man in the fantasies of western world. But again, I don't think the producers cared about anything other then trying to shoot the most corny film ever.

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