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Shadows in the Sun (2005)

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An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Weldon
Joshua Jackson ... Jeremy
Claire Forlani ... Isabella
Giancarlo Giannini ... Father Moretti
John Rhys-Davies ... Mr. Andrew Benton
Armando Pucci ... Gustavo
Valéria Cavalli ... Amalia
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Dinnie
Bianca Guaccero ... Maura
Ken Drury ... McBain
Anna Lelio Anna Lelio ... Elderly Woman
Bernardino Mili Bernardino Mili ... Postman
Leiva Nanzi Leiva Nanzi ... Woman Singer
Stomy Bugsy ... Emanuele
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Alberto Carina
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An aspiring young writer (Jackson) tracks a literary titan (Keitel) suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.

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In life, each man must find his own path.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows in the Sun See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

None of the main 3 actors are of the nationality they play. Harvey Keitel plays an Italian. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. Claire Forlani also plays an Italian. She was born in England. Joshua Jackson plays a Briton. He was born in Canada. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Taylor: You wanted to see me, sir?
Mr. Benton: You read The Times this morning?
Mr. Benton: Avershays Press announced a deal with Irving Gattinger.
Jeremy Taylor: Gattinger said that he was done with writing.
Mr. Benton: Yes. He hasn't written a book in 10 years.
Jeremy Taylor: It's a brilliant move. Based on name recognition alone, it'll be an instant bestseller.
Mr. Benton: Yes. What do you think about Weldon Parish?
Jeremy Taylor: Parish is one of my personal favorites. Why, are you thinking of signing him? The man hasn't written anything in 20 years.
Mr. Benton: All the more reason.
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Referenced in Making of 'Shadows in the Sun' (2005) See more »

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Sway (Quien Será)
Written by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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An unexpectedly beautiful film.
19 December 2006 | by wagner-carelliSee all my reviews

It is predictable, it has a lot of clichés, it doesn't aspire to be even nearer to what would be called a great film, or even a good one - or even a hit -, but its dialogues are fine and truthful, and reveal an experienced knowledge of a writer's craft and soul and suffering.

As the comment above put it, it's a film of real people with real problems, apparently common and minor problems to the viewer who expects to extract some titillation out of films - the characters here are not involved in intrigues, in hiding a murder or escape from it -, but problems hard enough for those involved. As we learn somewhere: there is no order of difficulty in problems, one is not "harder" or "bigger" than another. They are all the same.

The great psychologist Viktor Frankl, who spent four years in a concentration camp, tells in "Man's Search for Meaning", in an almost candid way, that his terrible sufferings there at the camp doesn't amount to anything bigger than anyone's. He makes a perfect analogy, and with the most frightening element an inmate of a concentration camp could think of: "A man's suffering is similar to the behaviour of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the 'size' of human suffering is absolutely relative".

Well, it seems a lot of thinking to draw from such an unpretentious film, but I think in that resides its merits. Keitel's outstanding performance adds a lot to it, it's on a level much higher than the whole production. It's amazing how great actors can have some of their great moments in lesser films, as Keitel here, or as Morgan Freeman unique, out-of-bounds performance in "Street Wise".


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