Under the Tuscan Sun

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Having lost her San Francisco house in bitter divorce proceedings, book reviewer Frances (Lane) is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Packed off on a coach tour of Tuscany by supportive girlfriends, she has a Damascene moment just outside Cortona, falling for the charms of a tumbledown old villa which she buys on the spot. Supervising a raggle-taggle band of Eastern European builders through the renovation work is one new challenge, but in this loose adaptation of Frances Mayes' bestseller, she's still wondering whether she's about to gain a beautiful new home without much of a life to put in it. Hard to imagine Lane bound for sun-dried spinsterdom just yet, however, since her endlessly sympathetic central performance suggests an inner well of vivacity beneath the surface stresses of cultural difference. Her grounded and credible contribution apart, the movie struggles when called upon to do much more than photograph the inviting Tuscan landscape. Despite obviously promising material, the overwhelming blandness of the execution is dismaying. You just know Lane could bring much more juice to her rejuvenating liaison with a handsome Italian lover than she's ever allowed here.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Audrey Wells
Screenwriter: Audrey Wells
Cast: Diane Lane
Sandra Oh
Lindsay Duncan
Raoul Bova
Vincenzo Riotta
Mario Monicelli
Roberto Nobile
Anita Zagaria
Evelina Gori
Giulia Steigerwait
Pawel Szajda

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3.8 / 5

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Nick

Personally I think this film is somewhat underrated. Diane Lane is well-supported by a strong cast, the story has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, and, of course, the scenery is lovely. My wife and I much enjoyed this film and would certainly recommend it to others. It's not a great film, but it's certainly a good one.

Nick

Personally I think this film is somewhat underrated. Diane Lane is well-supported by a strong cast, the story has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, and, of course, the scenery is lovely. My wife and I much enjoyed this film and would certainly recommend it to others. It's not a great film, but it's certainly a good one.