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And While We Were Here (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 August 2013 (USA)
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While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman (Bosworth) enters into an affair with a younger man.

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... Jane
... Leonard
... Grandma Eves
... Caleb
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While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman (Bosworth) enters into an affair with a younger man.

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Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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While We Were Here  »

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Kate Bosworth has heterochromia, a genetic anomaly causes two different iris colors, and it is visible in this movie. She normally wears contacts to correct the color. See more »

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Grandma Eves: You've got to make your own life, one that you love, and you can't be afraid of the time. Time is shiftable. There are moments of my life that I'd trade sixty years to have back again. That's the truth. You know the truth when you find it. It'll come to you like something you've known before rather than something you're learning for the first time.
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Referenced in Listen Up Philip (2014) See more »

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An elegant and quietly beautiful romance.
26 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I came across this film one evening after listening to the soundtrack (I won't name it as it gives away spoilers if you know the content of the song), and was intrigued by the few clips and trailers I could find online - it was the most beautiful film. The island of Ischia is a quaint, crumbling backdrop for a very elegant and believable love affair, immediately providing a sense of escape and tranquility for the viewer as they get to know Jane and how she sees the world. The relationships in this film are incredible - sewing hints of doubt and mistrust in carefully considered dialogue and Kate Bosworth's very serious expressions. Jane's husband is delightfully executed as the most boring, standoffish man ever to be in a film, which works perfectly to show how an affair with a younger man would seem like an easy escape for Jane. Jamie Blackley also shines as the younger love interest, his gimmicks, boyish attitude and slight arrogance bouncing off Jane's pensiveness and grief to produce a very sweet romantic encounter. None of the acting feels forced or unrealistic.

It is hard to believe the whole film takes place in less than a week, as the raw emotions that change so often throughout the film could easily take place over a relationship of several months. The intensity is balanced with hazy montages as Jane and Caleb explore the island, and the whole thing reminded me of old Italian films as well as pieces like Roman Holiday. However, if you are after a light-hearted holiday romance, this is not that film. I think, as other reviews have mentioned, you have to be in a certain frame of mind to fully appreciate all aspects of this film, as beautiful though it is, I understand how some people might find it dull or too focused.

I've given it a 9 as although it is one of my favourite films, I know it was originally released at film festivals in black and white, and then colour for public release. I feel it would work even better in black and white - does anyone know if it is possible to get the b/w version?


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