“Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.” – Martini
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in 2003 and 13 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A recently divorced writer moves to Italy on a whim and tries to get her life back together.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and enjoyed it, but since so much time has gone by since, I decided to revisit it.
Boy was that a mistake.
This film is mediocre at best and I should have stuck with my pleasant memories of this film.
The story keeps missing things along the way that would make it more interesting and enjoyable and instead choose to go the opposite route.
They try to rely too heavily on movie cliches in the hope that they can possibly seem unique along the way.
Most of the characters are quite bland and it’s hard to care about any of them, even the lead played by Diane Lane.
I personally like much of Lane’s work in some of her other films, but her character in this film comes across as being too whiny all the time which takes away from the appeal that she usually has.
The film is filled with some great looking Italian landscapes yet too often it seems as if the characters are possibly standing next to matte paintings of those picaresque hills and countryside instead of the real thing
Bottom Line – Really mediocre romance film that keeps missing things along the way that might have made it more interesting. It relies too heavily on cliches from the genre and then tries too hard to make them seem unique. Lane is fine in the lead even if at certain points, she plays here character too whiny which makes her that much less appealing. The Italian landscapes are enjoyable to view even when it seems as if the characters are all standing in front of matte paintings instead of real backgrounds.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The director wanted to cast actual Polish actors to play the immigrant Polish workers in the film, but couldn’t due problems and delays getting work visas for the Polish actors from the Italian government. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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