Number of Times Seen – 2 (12 Feb 2006 and 4 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A bored New Jersey housewife starts having an affair with a book seller in Soho which adds new inspiration to her life.
My Take on it – This is a film that seems to rehash things that have happened in so many other movies and doesn’t feel fresh or innovative at all in anything that it does.
The very talented cast of Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Oliver Martinez feel completely wasted in this tale that goes entirely “by the book” without giving us anything new or interesting in what happens.
The whole story actually feels quite pointless and silly and just seems like a way to present sensual scenes for the audience without any real feeling or depth to them.
The characters are all one dimensional and it’s a shame that they didn’t try to flesh them out more so that someone could actually care about what would happen here.
The plot itself follows a pretty predictable path and that also takes away so much from making the story impactful in any way, shape or form.
Diane Lane was nominated for 15 different awards for Best Actress for this role including an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG.
She did manage to win 3 of them, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Satellite Award and National Society of Film Critics Award.
I can understand why some people might think she deserved these nominations and awards but I just couldn’t feel enough emotional depth in her character.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work so well because it feels quite pointless. Lane, Gere and Martinez all seem wasted here in roles that could have been more than one-dimensional. The story itself follows a predictable pattern which takes away from any real impact that this story could have had.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Connie rides the train home after her first sexual encounter with Paul, and silently remembers the encounter, was filmed in one continuous take. The camera simply stayed on Diane Lane as she went through a series of expressions, and then the scene was cut and edited together. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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