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An unfulfilled divorced woman gets the chance to relive her past when she meets a young man who appears to be her high school sweetheart who died many years before.

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Dylan Kidd

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Helen Schulman (novel), Helen Schulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laura Linney ... Louise Harrington
Gabriel Byrne ... Peter Harrington
Lois Smith ... Ellie Silverstein
Paul Rudd ... Sammy Silverstein
Topher Grace ... F. Scott Feinstadt
Jennifer Carta ... Work Study
Becki Newton ... Rebecca
Chris Meyer ... Ricky
Marcia Gay Harden ... Missy Goldberg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross A. McIntyre Ross A. McIntyre ... F. Scott's Neighbor (unconfirmed)
Susan Porro ... Waitress (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Louise Harrington, a divorced, thirty-something admissions officer at Columbia University's School of Fine Arts is intelligent, pretty, and successful, yet unfulfilled. That is, until a graduate school application crosses her desk and she arranges to interview the young painter. When F. Scott Feinstadt appears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to Louise's high school boyfriend and one true love, an artist who died in a car accident twenty years earlier. Within hours of the interview, Louise and Scott have embarked on a passionately uninhibited older woman/younger man affair. But is Scott just a reminder of Louise's lost love? And is Scott just trying to wheedle his way into the Ivy League? Adding to the romantic complications is competition from Louise's best friend from high school, Missy, who shows up to claim the affections of the boy; Louise's co-dependent ex-husband Peter; her cynical mother and fresh-out-of-rehab brother. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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What would you do for a second chance?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2005 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

P.S. - Liebe auf Anfang See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,710, 17 October 2004

Gross USA:

$180,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,023
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The artwork by the character F. Scott is by the artist Bryan LeBoeuf. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Harrington: I can hear you.
Louise Harrington: Hear what?
Peter Harrington: Counting the calories.
Louise Harrington: Fuck off.
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Soundtracks

Our Way to Fall
Written by Yo La Tengo (as Yo Lo Tengo)
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Courtesy of Matador Records
Published by Roshashauna (BMI)/ Excellent Classical Songs (BMI)
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Laura Linney Shines in a Gentle Tale
3 September 2005 | by chronSee all my reviews

I think Laura Linney is an exceptional actress. I rented this movie based on her ability to carry a plot. The plot synopsis sounded like it had a bit of the supernatural, which I tend not to like, but I thought the acting may be able to overcome a marginal plot line.

As it turns out, I think the synopsis overstates the reincarnation angle. It's really about relationships; the realism of adult relationships and the idealism of adolescent relationships. It's also about how some people struggle to overcome the emotional immaturity of their teens. It's about rivalry; love found and love stolen, but it does so in a way that isn't cliché.

The characters have a nice arc to them. Laura Linney's acting was up to my very high expectations. Gabriel Byrne turns in a solid supporting performance. Topher Grace also does an OK job, but seeing him work next to actors of greater stature, the contrast was evident.

If you enjoy character-driven plots, with good acting and few clichés, then you will enjoy this movie as much as I did.


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