Enchanted April (1991)


“All my dead friends don’t seem worth reading tonight. They always say the same things. Good things, but always the same.” – Mrs. Fisher

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two strangers needing a break from their bad marriages decide to rent a cottage in the Italian countryside along with two elderly women for the month of April.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had very little interest in seeing over the years but due to my quest to watch all films that have Oscar nominated performances in them, I decided to finally see what this was all about.

I’ve never been a fan of these kind of period dramas and I can safely say that this isn’t the film that changes that for me.

This movie was quite a chore to get through since it moves at a snails pace and not much actually happens.

The story is almost non-existent and it struggles to find a way to be interesting even with all of the various story lines diverging throughout.

Most of these storylines come across as monotonous and bland and it isn’t easy to stay intrigued by all that occurs to these various characters.

The one thing that this film has going for it is its cast which is filled with extremely talented actors.

Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, Joan Plowright, Jim Broadbent and Josie Lawrence all do nice jobs with what they are given yet fail to make things more interesting to watch unfold.

Plowright garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here.

Bottom Line – Having never been the biggest fan of period dramas like this, this was quite a chore to get through. The story moves super slow and it’s not the kind of story that is able to keep things interesting as the various storyline are quite monotonous and bland. The cast is superb with Richardson, Molina, Plowright, Broadbent and Lawrence all giving nice performances even if they can’t help make things more interesting. Plowright was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Made for British TV in 1991, but well-produced enough to be released in theaters in the United States in 1992.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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