Top critical review
One person found this helpful
I don't think I have ever seen a worse movie!
on 15 February 2017
What can I say about this absolute dog of a movie. Let me start with a positive, it is filmed in Tuscany and you can't ruin the landscape. My wife and I are passionate about Tuscany and regularly visit friends who live there, so any movie set in the region is high on my list. But this is not the one to select (go for Under the Tuscan Sun, A Room With A View or even My Umbrian Home - all of which feature actors and a script worth making into a film).
First, I believe it is always a mistake to let a writer (Brad Mirman - who?) direct their own film (just look at the terribly over-rated La La Land as proof). However, when the writer has so little talent and lurches from one cliche to another then it is the producer's role (probably lying drunk in some taverna - drinking out of despair) to call time. There are many truly awful moments, the one I can't shake out of my mind is where the young (good looking) hero of the story is leaving by train and 'the girl' rides along side on a white horse with a second horse in tow; he stops the train and they ride off into the sunset (we are still trying to clean the vomit off the carpet).
Still some films can be redeemed by the actors - sadly not this one. Joshua Jackson (romantic lead) obviously skipped acting classes to spend time in the gym. Looks good (so my wife tells me) but shouldn't give up the day job - all them tables to wait on. Claire Forlani has no personality (or acting skill) and there is no chemistry between these 'star crossed lovers'. Check out the equally embarrassing fantasy dance sequence in the town square.
Finally, we have Harvey Keitel. I was a fan once upon a time, that was before he started appearing on British television selling insurance. Clearly the experience of working on this film convinced him just take jobs for the money.
Don't waste either your time or money on this 'train crash' of a picture (a train crash might of been a better ending for the film - Jackson dies in the arms of Forlani as the film dies at the box office). The same story was filmed 30 years ago by Bill Forsyth and it was called Local Hero. It was set in the West of Scotland and was about oil rather than publishing.