Nights in Rodanthe (PG)

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Tue Oct 7 2008

In Hollywood’s rush to keep audiences under 30 sated, more mature viewers and characters have been edged out of the picture. The arrival of this fortysomething romance, adapted from a novel by Nicholas ‘The Notebook’ Sparks, prompts hopes of a good old-fashioned ‘woman’s picture’, but the experience is more like watching a glossier version of some synthetic afternoon telemovie. Oh dear.

The set-up: on a picturesque island off North Carolina, Adrienne (Diane Lane) is estranged from her husband, but under pressure from her kids to take him back. She wangles a weekend on her own to think things over and spends it looking after her friend’s bed and breakfast, where the only guest is troubled Dr Tanner (Richard Gere), and the forecast is for some very stormy weather.

What happens next is what you’d expect, as the two rattle around the house, share confidences, strike sparks and get progressively more windswept. The film’s astute enough to place conflicts between parenting and self-determination centre stage, yet, with dialogue of such toe-curling triteness it would shame a greeting card, it’s no wonder the performers are evidently more comfortable letting looks and body language spell out their hesitant attraction. Lane works so hard you wish she was in a better movie, but Broadway director George C Wolfe’s inexperience with visual storytelling makes everything go with a clunk. Shame.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Oct 10, 2008

Duration:

97 mins

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Pauline

Good film up until the last 20 mins, when it becomes heavy, laboured and almost uncomfortable to watch.

Naomi

This was a superb film. Very touching, poignant and involving. The characters were real and you cared for them. The film is also beautiful to look at and is well served by tremendous performances. Diane Lane in particular is superb in the lead role. Recommended!

Naomi

This was a superb film. Very touching, poignant and involving. The characters were real and you cared for them. The film is also beautiful to look at and is well served by tremendous performances. Diane Lane in particular is superb in the lead role. Recommended!

gail

I went to New York last week to see this film as a birthday gift from my husband. Thoroughly enjoyed the film but not one of Richard's best. Diane Lane did a wonderful performance and the chemistry between her and Richard was first class. I felt they did a good job trying to condence a long story into under 2 hours on the big screen. Go Richard!!!!!!!!!!!!

gail

I went to New York last week to see this film as a birthday gift from my husband. Thoroughly enjoyed the film but not one of Richard's best. Diane Lane did a wonderful performance and the chemistry between her and Richard was first class. I felt they did a good job trying to condence a long story into under 2 hours on the big screen. Go Richard!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicky

It’s on the slight side storywise, but Diane Lane is such a wonderful actress that she can turn anything into enchanting stardust. One for the romantics.

Nicky

It’s on the slight side storywise, but Diane Lane is such a wonderful actress that she can turn anything into enchanting stardust. One for the romantics.

Denzel

This was a superb film. Very touching, poignant and involving. The characters were real and you cared for them. The film is also beautiful to look at and is well served by tremendous performances. Diane Lane in particular is superb in the lead role. Recommended!

Denzel

This was a superb film. Very touching, poignant and involving. The characters were real and you cared for them. The film is also beautiful to look at and is well served by tremendous performances. Diane Lane in particular is superb in the lead role. Recommended!

Naomi

A lovely and engrossing love story. Very well acted by Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Lane especially is stunning in this movie. Recommended.

Naomi

A lovely and engrossing love story. Very well acted by Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Lane especially is stunning in this movie. Recommended.