From beginning to end, this film is a classic! Last night I was in a very down mood and I went to see this movie that I'd heard so much about. Sure enough, it didn't disappoint! What a story of triumph over circumstances! The lush Italian scenery, the colorful characters, the Romeo-and-Juliet romance between a lovely Italian girl and a Polish laborer - breathtaking! Loved the Italian grandma - she saved the day for her granddaughter by her testimony. Sandra Oh did an incredible job, but the true credit for this picture goes to Diane Lane - what a beautiful smile she has. She was <more>
perfect for this role. My recommendation? GO SEE THIS FILM!
Why can't all movies be this good? (by karenyounger69)
Why can't all movies be as involving, entertaining and enjoyable as this one. The acting is fantastic and the scenery is superb, but it is the heartfelt and human story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. Beautiful!
Beautiful and entertaining! A well-made and well-acted treat! (by scotti_hilton4)
A superb film. "Tuscan Sun" is a very well-made film and it is very well-acted by the brilliant Diane Lane who will no doubt find herself winning awards for this performance. It was touching, funny, moving, romantic, sexy and enjoyable. A very beautiful and entertaining movie! 10 stars for being pretty much THE PERFECT COMEDY! Highly recommended!
Diane Lane is Brighter Than the Tuscan Sun (by lawprof)
"Under the Tuscan Sun" is a polarizing film that seems to leave viewers and critics either in love with a story of growth and renewal or dismissive of its line. I'm firmly in the former camp.Based so loosely on Frances Mayes's own account of her regeneration in beautiful Italy as to carry an end credit pronouncing that substantial fictionalization replaced key true details, writer and director Audrey Wells crafted a stunning vehicle for Diane Lane whose radiance projects from the screen powerfully. And in every scene.Diane Lane, as the changed-from-the-memoir Frances, <more>
abandons San Francisco after her never shown cad husband divorces her, getting the house she once loved. Frances is a writer and literary critic. Why does she leave S.F.? Two of her closest friends give her a ticket for a gay bus tour of Italy and she jumps off the bus to look into a ramshackle old country house up for sale. Impetuosity? Definitely. Believable? Yes, actually. Frances' new house isn't a handyman's special, it's a contractor's assurance of food on the table for a very long time. Frances adapts to the house and the locals with remarkable aplomb. Tuscany is sunny but its light fades before Frances's challenged but resilient commitment to not just restore a house but to create a home. The two aren't the same. I'm not sure how many male directors could so well create that reality.Director Wells tells the story from a woman's heart but with a breadth of humor and drama that should appeal to anyone who wants to believe, or needs to hope, that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel of marital infidelity and dissolution. Supporting Diane Lane is Sandra Oh as Patti, her closest friend. In relatively short scenes, Ms. Oh displays a lively and laconic grasp not only of her friend's life but also of her own which is not, as they say today, devoid of "issues."Lindsay Duncan is Katharine, an older woman determined to hold on to her now fading attractiveness through a blend of humor, earthiness - and alcohol. Her character may be predictable but she's also fun.Raoul Bova has garnered some press attention as handsome Marcello, the romantically available and affluent Italian. That's a character we've seen in many, many films and Bova delivers an expectedly satisfactory but hardly deep performance.Yes, Diane Lane is beautiful but there is much more to her acting than a shining appearance. Her facial gestures, mirroring her emotions as they shift from moment to moment, are the product of extraordinary acting ability. And her character draws a powerful portrayal.Credit also must go to cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson. Perhaps it would be impossible for a blind camera director to turn in anything but a gorgeous visage of rural and urban Italy but Simpson did do a marvelous job of making the locales come alive.This is a film for adults, for people who can understand pain and the search for recovery and understand the difficulty of coming back from a space that once offered the mirage of safety and security.I loved this film.9/10.
This movie is wonderfully romantic. It is sweetly written and just a good girl movie. Any woman who has had any sadness in her life and needs a new start will appreciate this movie. The views are incredibly and makes you want to fly to Tuscany and live there forever! The characters are those that make you fall in love and you will relive moments in your life while watching this movie. I will say you need to be in a loving or romantic mood before watching this movie. It does take a few minutes to really get good but when it does, it's wonderful. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. A Walk in <more>
the Clouds with Keanu Reeves is also like this movie. It has the same romance and drama but is much sweeter.
This is an adorable movie for the ladies out there! Diane Lane is wonderful and the scenery is jaw-dropping...it's unbelievably gorgeous including the men ! It'll make you yearn to travel to Italy! The story doesn't follow a typical romantic comedy outline, but that works to its advantage. It has a great blend of realism and wistfulness. I happened to see it while I was going through a transitional period in my life, and I cannot express how much it meant to me and still means to me . It's the perfect movie for someone who is looking for someone who is closing an old chapter <more>
in their life and moving on to a new one.The film does have some small flaws, such as the occasional awkward musical choice, but overall, it's a lovely little film with an uplifting message.
So, I've heard this film got the beating because it wasn't like the book? Ah, well, trust me; I'm a huge book-lover and Harry Potter fan , so I can say that if I had read the book and was an immense fan, I probably wouldn't have liked the film if it had taken the basis out of the original story. I truly sympathize with those of you who disliked this film because it did not go with the book in some way or another. ; Although, since I love writing myself, I have a very wonderful relationship with this film and its delicious scenery, how the characters in it build in confidence, <more>
and the whimsical things that seem to be thrown in it artfully. Yes, there are some so-called "cliches", which is a word I hate using. We use that word to describe things that happen every day in our life, things that repeat themselves in storybooks and films and are heard so often that we are likely to vomit with expectancy of it all. But the thing that hit me about this film is that a lot of things happen that you really don't expect. The coming-of-age story has been told for ages, and will be expressed forever, with all its little tidbits of similar goings-on serious situation happens, main character finds escape, love, broken heart, confusion..etc. . I don't think an entire genre of literature can deny its existence, now, can it? : The acting is superb, and it has a lot of light-hearted moments that lift it up. It's basically about accepting yourself before you can truly find "Mr.Right", and realizing that you shouldn't put the blame on yourself for every single thing in your life that happens, and about taking chances because life can have pros and cons. I even think that some men would like it. This film was very inspiring to me, and although I didn't see it in theaters, I left my couch feeling very creative and content, as if I wasn't the only one who got inspiration from the little things life seems to hand out.
When life gives lemons, make lemonade. Or so the saying goes. This film shows just how palatable that lemonade can be.Frances Mayes Diane Lane is a successful writer and teacher, who finds that her marriage is ending in a most unkind way, when a writer she gave a bad review to lets slip that her life is about to take the plot of his book which she panned. Shortly thereafter, we see Frances in the office of her divorce attorney Jeffrey Tambor , who convinces her that she should allow her husband to buy her out of their house. She does, and moves into an apartment building full of divorcées <more>
who are just as unhappy as she is. Her friends, Patti Sandra Oh and Grace Kate Walsh decide that she needs a change of scenery, and after some convincing, send her on a trip to Tuscany. Once there, she starts getting signs that she should stay, and buys a crumbling villa to start a new life in. Her new life does not start smoothly, however, and she wonders if she has done the right thing. She tells her realtor, Martini Vincent Riotta , that the house should have a wedding in it, and children, and people to fill the bedrooms and cook for, but she has none of that. What if she doesn't get those things? In her search for them, she finds Katherine Lindsay Duncan , a wise old protégé of Federico Fellini, adopts a group of Polish contractors, helps one of them, Pawel Pawel Szajda to wed Chiara Giulia Steigerwalt , the daughter of her neighbors Roberto Nobile and Anita Zagaria , provides a place for Patti to raise her daughter after Grace deserts her, and has her own unsuccessful romantic entanglement with Marcello Raoul Bova . At Pawel and Chiara's wedding, which she hosts at her villa, Martini tells her that she has gotten everything she wished for. But Tuscany still manages to provide her with one more thing to make her life complete.It's a feel good story, there's no doubt about it. And to that end, it overlooks a lot of the impracticalities of the situation, namely that Frances doesn't speak Italian, or Polish, or that she doesn't seem terribly worried about money, even though she's spending an awful lot of it, or should be. However, the practicalities of the arrangement are not what's important in this film. What is important is Frances' healing process, and heal she does, with wonderful results.This is a well acted film. Lane carries the film with ease, giving us a believable portrait of a woman who overcomes bitterness which at times seems insurmountable. Oh gives a great turn as the helpful friend, who needs some help herself. Riotta is delightful as the compassionate realtor. Bova is wonderful as the smitten Italian who can't wait for Frances' life to sort itself out. Stegierwalt and Szajda are delightful as the young lovers, and Nobile and Zagaria are believable as the disapproving parents. Duncan's performance is charming. And David Sutcliffe turns in a nice performance in a small part as France's love interest at the end of the film.Admittedly, it gets a bit far fetched at times, but the story telling is delightful, the cinematography wonderful, and the acting good enough that you really care about that. A good film about taking chances when they come your way.
As a foreigner, I have not been brainwashed into thinking Diane Lane is gorgeous, so found the reaction of males in this movie rather odd. She is no more than a passably attractive woman at best, and at worst as a troubled divorcée escaping from life haggard and unkempt and yet the men have to act as if she's beautiful!! In one case, 3 Italian men leave their work to follow her - a disheveled 40+ American tourist? Gimme a break! It's rather like someone pretending that Woody Allen is drop-dead gorgeous :- Of course, who would DARE disagree??? In the personal interviews afterwards, <more>
Lane looked at least 10 years younger and a lot more attractive, which makes one wonder why they had to 'witch her up' for the role of a woman who was supposed to be pretty.I've never seen any of these actors before but Sandra Oh stole the movie beyond any doubt. Her natural style Lane was far too mannered and aware of herself and easy delivery did what every actor aspires to do - make the viewer think they are looking at a slice of life, rather than at people who have learned lines and are acting out a part.We have gotten used to the Hollywood style of head-shaking, gazing into the distance, biting lip when *portraying emotion* - it is every bit as corny and false as the old Olivier-style declaming was in the 1940's. People then thought this was the last word in fine acting - now we think it's hilarious. Some of the time, Lane's performance was in this league and coupled with the fact that she looked every one of her forty years and more - and therefore WAY too old for the handsome young guys who were supposed to be lusting after her, made this element of the movie an unrealistic farce. Mrs Robinson rides again?I have to say though that the movie itself was great. The idea of women leading successful, happy lives after the breakup of a relationship albeit heading straight into another, as if women alone simply can't be happy is a good theme and was well portrayed here. The contrast between jaded Frances and Katherine and the innocent Chiara, who will doubtless find that life with Pavel is not the dream she believes, was beautifully crafted.I expected to find more than just a single-sentence reference to the way foreigners Brits, Germans and Americans especially are so deeply resented in Tuscany and wonder why, "You greedy Americans" was included at all when it didn't really make the point. Nor was the movie much like the book it was said to represent. I have to wonder why a producer, who read the book and thought 'This would make a great movie' did not then actually make a movie like the book? Read the book, it's brilliant.The quiet, sexy Vincent Riotta and Sandra Oh redeemed the film of any faults completely and I shall be looking for movies starring them in future.