This, quite simply, is one of the most heart-breaking films I have ever seen. This is a film for the more mature audience (not for people with short attention spans), whether you have experienced love or not this film will touch your soul. The mix of a beautiful story and superb acting (namely Streep and Eastwood) makes this a truely powerful film that will stay with you for a very long time. You go on a journey with the characters (whom we become to know throughout the film without really realising it) on a roller coaster of emotions and afterwards the intensity of the story leaves you feeling quite drained in a hopeful sort of way (if you're like me and can't make it to the end without crying). This story has passionate love, strong friendship, morals, values and beliefs - and above all this story is about life - decisions, sacrifices and emotion. This story is perfectly told and utterly absorbing (even better than the book). In fact, the film & characters are so real that when I visited the acutal film site I felt like Francesa Johnson had really lived there and that Robert Kincaid had driven there to find her. This is a very powerful film (not for the faint hearted, childish or shallow). This film, which will touch your life if you let it, has to be one of the most powerful, real, intense and passionate love-stories of our time. If you are in love with the idea of love then this is an absolute must-see film...but be warned, it will break your heart; when Robert Kincaid stands in the rain, well, it is absolutely soul-wrenching. This romantic but real film is a true master-piece.