Burke is a motivational speaker whose book about dealing with grief is a best seller. His wife died in a car accident three years ago. He's in Seattle to lead a week-long workshop on healing and to negotiate a major multi-media deal. But something's amiss: he's a closet drinker, he won't ride elevators, his moods swing, he's estranged from his wife's father, and he's very much alone. In a hotel hallway, he bumps into a woman arranging flowers, tries to chat with her, and gets the brush-off. She's Eloise, a local florist who's just broken up with a boyfriend. He's persistent and they eventually go to dinner - it goes badly. What's blocking Burke? Can the physician heal himself.
Sometimes when you least expect it...
18 September 2009 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $8,057,010,
20 September 2009, Wide Release
Gross USA: $22,927,390, 30 October 2009
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The interior of Eloise's Garden was actually a high-end lingerie shop in Vancouver. The filmmaker's redressed it as a flower shop. See more
When Eloise takes Burke to visit her mom before the concert, snow can be seen on the roof of a neighbor's house. It isn't seen snowing during any of the scenes prior to that, but several days of rain are shown. Any snow would likely have melted or been dissolved away by then. See more
[first lines, in voice-over
Chapter one. Sometimes, despite your best efforts otherwise, life will give you lemons. When that happens, you've got two choices, friend: you can wear a sour face or make lemonade.
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Written by Badly Drawn Boy
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