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149 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldi, soldi .......!!
No praise can be too high for this wonderful production; you would have to be a dead stick yourself not to be carried along by it.
Location, not Tuscany but Liguria (Portofino); writing; musical score and impecable acting. Amanda Richardson and Joan Plowright are incapable of putting a foot wrong, but they are by no means left to carry the day alone, and it is...
Published on 14 May 2005

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice scenery and a bit of film history
This has all the hallmarks of a TV film, most of the camera shots limited to the beautiful gardens, a look across the bay to Portofino a story more like a fairy tale than any thing else. I think it only just about managed to climb out of a 2 star rating, and this mainly due to the female leads. Print quality not the best but passable. And finally this is NOT a WIDE SCREEN...
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149 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldi, soldi .......!!, 14 May 2005
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No praise can be too high for this wonderful production; you would have to be a dead stick yourself not to be carried along by it.
Location, not Tuscany but Liguria (Portofino); writing; musical score and impecable acting. Amanda Richardson and Joan Plowright are incapable of putting a foot wrong, but they are by no means left to carry the day alone, and it is impossible to list the various actors in order of merit. At first sight, Polly Walker might seem the weak link in the chain, but she is perfectly cast as the languid, and worldworn aristo, turning in a sterling performance.
The Italian cast are also worthy of mention, and we are left (as is proper) to get the drift of their Italian, or not, and there is plenty of it! The boiler scene is a classic (btw - pericoloso means dangerous).
Classic quote (Mrs. Fisher): "[in my day]..husbands were taken seriously, as the only real impediment to sin."
This film is a MUST HAVE, but don't buy it on video - wait until it is available on DVD. My ropey copy was taped from the TV and requires replacing. It is a disgrace that this, and many another fine production, has not yet been issued on DVD. We all have VCR's, but who wants to buy videos any more?? The BBC seem particularly guilty in this respect.
Amazon please note: can't you log customer DVD searches and exert pressure so that they are released in the UK? The American market is much better served in this respect.
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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Masterpiece, 3 Sep 2006
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R Young (UK) - See all my reviews
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Ignore the Time Out and Film Buff reviews, which consign this film to the dustbin of the bland. In fact this film is a consumate allegory on Spiritual Enlightenment.

Appearing almost innocent of its own intentions, the film follows the naive ambitions of a misunderstood and unhappily married young woman to take a villa in Italy with "like minded" companions. This is a singles holiday wound back one hundred years.

But what unfolds is a subtle and exquisitely elegant story of diversely thinking people resolved to their mutual antipathies and psychological flaws.

A simple tale which is all the more intelligent for its restrained and understated poise.

This film is (will be) one of the jewels of 20th Century Cinema. The direction is taut yet breathes, the location is stunning. The script is clever, the cast outstanding.

This is a must have film, and is a welcome antidote to so many other films which gain their kudos through sensation, violence, and essentially empty attempts to impress.

Enchanted April should be compulsory viewing for all those seeking "conflict resolution". It is a better healer than a thousand therapy sessions.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisteria and Sunshine, 9 May 2003
Enchanted April is simply a wonderful film, filled with quiet romance and the mystery of life, and love. Watching this film is like watching a beautiful flower bloom from the most miniscule, dew covered bud. There is a charm and warmth found here that is sadly missing in film today.
When an ad is placed in the paper offering a vacation of wisteria and sunshine at a castle by the sea in Italy, two Englishwomen, Lottie (Josie Lawrence) and Rose (Miranda Richardson), who are friends from church, leave their mates behind to join two other women for an April to remember. Joan Plowright is delightful as the elderly Mrs. Fisher, who begins to live again under the spell of wisteria and sunshine. But it is beautiful Polly Walker’s portrayel of Caroline Hester, with her magic eyes and Louise Brooks look, that nearly steals the show.
The internal musings of Lottie and Rose prompt both women to do the unthinkable and send for their husbands, bringing humorous and unexpected events to this April on the Riviera. Each will begin to find inner happiness and a rebirth of love. Even Few films have the depth to sooth the soul and leave you feeling good about life like this magical film. Take your own enchanted holiday by picking this up as soon as you can.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 27 Dec 2008
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From its downbeat beginning to its joyous ending, this film is one long treat to watch. It takes you through the emotional journey of four women, who barely know each other, as they take a holiday in Italy.

In the best traditions of a production reminiscent of Merchant Ivory, the locations and photography are stunning, but the pleasure does not stop there. All four of the performances of the female leads are impeccable, as are those of the male figures in their lives. Josie Lawrence is a delight as the incurable optimist whose emerging love for life gradually infects all the others.

For this is not just a film about a holiday. It is about how the low self-esteem of each of the characters is transformed during their stay in Italy, and groundwork for continuing happiness is laid. This is not a film where you walk away thinking that all the fun is over for them. Things have changed for good.

I have been waiting for so long for this film to be released on DVD, constantly checking to see if it was there. I can't say just how thrilled I am that I will finally be able to own it.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy in a box., 20 Oct 2006
From grey rainy England, a mad impulse sends four very different women to the sparkling light and sensual flower filled bliss of the sunny Italian coast, where magic begins to work on their souls. Watching this, it will seep into yours as well. You will long for such an experience. This production is therapy for dark nights and a lack of joy, and love.

It contains, for me, one of the most beautiful visual moments I have ever seen on television. The rainstorm has passed, it is morning, and an unexpected light glimmers through the shutters of the quiet bedroom. They are opened and ... heaven!

I join with those who are waiting and hoping for a DVD to be produced. We should start bombarding the BBC with emails!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie full of joy which you will want to watch over & over, 16 Aug 2000
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Enchanted April is a celebration of life amidst its troubles. One can learn to find humor and hope in all of life's tribulations. This is a movie which one needs to watch several times especially at down times when hope is waning. The scenery is pleasant. The acting is un-noticed, that is, the actors become the characters and you forget that you are observing a drama. You can live this story with the characters.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantment indeed, 29 Jan 2006
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Having loved this film when it was first shown on TV, I have owned the video since the day it was issued and continue to watch it over and over again. It brings continuing delight on every viewing - it lifts low spirits, gives hope on a dreary English winter day and binds a group of my own friends together. If one of us needs cheering up then the phrase "Think of San Salvatore" does the trick! So why oh why is it STILL not available on DVD???
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting viewing, 15 Feb 2004
I have watched Enchanted April on many occasions and it never fails to surprise and captivate me. The relationship between the two main characters (Lotty and Rose) is so sympathetically written and played by Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson that one is left with the feeling that anything in life is possible. The Tuscan backdrop and the superb acting from the entire cast make this a film that has to be watched again and again. Enchanted April makes you laugh and cry at the same time and leaves you really caring about what happens to every single one of the characters. As the title suggests this film takes you to a most enchanting place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 5 Jun 2006
This adaptation is truly a delight to watch whilst at the same time quite uplifting. Anyone watching who feels that the rain in winter gets to them at times can postively feel the warmth of the italian sun radiating from Josie Lawrence's window the first morning she arrives in Italy.

A true classic that is watchable again and again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and peaceful at the same time, 11 July 2006
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As all the other reviewers have said, breath-taking...peaceful. A holiday in itself, from everyday, for any viewer.

Please, please, please bring it out on DVD.

Much-watched VHS copies are fading away.

Relaxation therapy in a box.
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