Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Enchanted April (1991)
Description (from the DVD case): Two proper Englishwomen, determined to get away from their drab lives and inattentive husbands, find paradise in the serene countryside of the Italian Riviera in this enchanting adventure starring Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson. When the pair rent a magnificent villa for a month, they share expenses with two unlikely companions: an austere widow and a bored socialite. At first, personalities clash, but the hideaway holds a special magic that soon sparks friendships and reminds the women of ways to live and love that have long eluded them.
My thoughts: Oh, what a lovely dramedy! Gently paced. Subtle and insightful here. Quirky and chuckle-worthy there. Deeply felt, beautifully realized.
My only real quibble with the story is that, between the novel and the film, I’m still not fully persuaded that the changes these ladies and their lovies experience in their Italian heaven will last past their holiday.
Nonetheless, I will say that something about actually seeing the characters this time, having the chance to look into their eyes, leaves me with a little more hope on that practical side than the book did. Besides, I’m also fine with setting practicality aside to bask in the afterglow of tender enchantment here. I’d enjoy watching this film again.
My corresponding reading: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.