The title is dreadful, the strapline (A love Story) is misleading and the DVD cover has an embarrassing clinch (which is not in the film). The marketing people for this movie should be shot. There are no clinches, no bedroom scenes, not even a kiss. There are no strings in the background and there is no melodrama. It is a tender evocation of a period and a place, and yes, a love story. But this is sensitive film-making, more European than American, with an interesting storyline and a measured pace which makes for a tale well told. The acting is first rate from the two leads, and Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming and Alex Kingston are on top form in supporting roles. The whole thing is believable (even if the house on the hill is rather too Norman Rockwell), compelling and a rewarding experience for the viewer. The film is not without its flaws; for example, the double framework (a man in the present remembers scenes from 30 years previous about events from 50 years before that) is cumbersome and awkward; but to my mind it deserves every one of the four stars I (and others) have given it.
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