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on 28 March 2014
Going to put my hand up here and say that I am a hopeless romantic, a huge lover of all things Italian and I like Diane Lane as an actress. I haven’t read the book by Frances Mayes but the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” is absolutely enchanting. First saw it in the cinema around 2003, fell in love with it, have watched it several times since and have lost count of the number of times I have recommended it to other people.
The bare bones are writer finds out her husband wants a divorce, he gets to keep the house, writer gets depressed (understandably), goes on holiday to Italy and buys a derelict villa on a whim. The film covers the writer’s renovation of the villa, the craziness of life in Italy, absolutely breathtaking scenery, a great cast of characters and a happy ending.
The film is also a great advertisement for the sheer physical beauty of Italy and, personally, I feel that it captures the essence of Italy (every time we go there, my partner is amazed at the chaos) and the big hearts of its inhabitants. "Under the Tuscan Sun" simply lifts the spirits and I defy anyone to watch this and not immediately want to go to Italy for a holiday!