Letters To Juliet / Lettres à Juliette (Bilingual)
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When Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American, travels to Verona, Italy—the romantic city where Romeo first met Juliet—she meets a group of volunteers who respond to letters written to Juliet seeking romantic advice. Sophie finds and answers a letter that has been lost for 50 years, and is stunned when its author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) arrives in Italy with her handsome but overprotective grandson (Christopher Egan) to find the fiance she left decades before. Fascinated by Claire's quest, Sophie joins them on an adventure through the beautiful hills of Tuscany searching for Claire's long lost Lorenzo. The journey will change their lives forever, as they discover it's never too late to find true love.
En vacances à Vérone, une Américaine se joint à un groupe de secrétaires qui répondent aux lettres d'amoureuses destinées à la Juliette de Shakespeare. Sa découverte fortuite d'une missive vieille de 50 ans viendra modifier sa conception de l'amour.
Letters to Juliet succeeds in being just what it's meant to be, a feel-good romantic comedy about love lost and love found, in which love triumphs in the face of cynicism. Inspired by the book of the same name, and filmed against the beautiful backdrop of Verona, Italy, the movie tells the story of how troubled young women seek advice from Shakespeare's Juliet by leaving letters tacked to a wall, where they are carefully answered by Juliet's self-appointed "secretaries." One such note is found 50 years later by Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American woman who is soon to be married and who yearns to become a writer. Her heartfelt answer to the letter serves as a catalyst for an epic romantic journey that will span continents and generations. The success of the film lies in the powerful interaction between the wistfully romantic and fully mature author of the letter, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave); the romantically idealistic Sophie; and Claire's overly pragmatic, downright cynical grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), who grudgingly accompanies his grandmother on what he deems an insane quest to Verona to find her long lost love, Lorenzo. The filmmakers, writers, and actors all capitalize well on the comic possibilities of the situation, and there are more than a few good chuckles to be had at the absurdity of the interactions between these three very different characters, as they experience everything from hope and longing to disappointment and unexpected fulfillment. In the end, each character grows and changes profoundly as a result of their shared journey. Sure, the events portrayed in the film are highly unrealistic, but that doesn't change the fact that the film speaks to that innermost part of us all that, despite all logic, makes us want to believe that true love really does exist and that it just might triumph in the end. --Tami Horiuchi
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The movie covers such an event - only the letter was left fifty years ago and was discovered by accident. An American tourist who is - which she does not as yet know - unhappy in love herself stumbles upon the Secretaries of Juliet and ends up responding which gets the events rolling. The letter writer arrives in Verona with her grandson who does NOT approve and the adventures begin.
The actors portraying the characters are magnificent - Amanda Siegfried of Mamma Mia fame fortifies her status as a rising star, Christopher Egan convinces as the doubtful romantic in waiting, as for Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero ... do I really need to mention their immense talent that they have shown in so many movies before? Writing and directing as well as locations, background and support cast do their bit to making this a wonderfully encouraging picture to see over and over and over again. Enjoy!
Plain and simple, an amusing 90 minute romp away from reality, filled with ridiculous plot lines, nonsensical delusions, and in short everything love is supposedly full of... that is why you should watch these things, you want to be in love for the price of a rental, ticket, etc.
All that being said is "Letters to Juliet" guilty of all these things. Well yes if you suspend your believe. First off, no one writes real letters anymore, no one writes letters that are in your hand, traveled to find you and came to your door with the "hope" of being a great letter!
That is the real premise of this story.
The fact that we get Amanda Seyfried (back to her romantic leading roots since debuting in Mama Mia) and the immortal Vanessa Redgrave as the female leads should tell you something. One is the classic beauty all women aspire to, the other is the latest in a long line of ditsy blonde protagonists Hollywood thinks all women seem to identify with... I'm not sure what actress would have made her part more believable, Seyfried is always likable, but do you fall "in love" with her? No, you want her to fall in love with the predictable leading man, she starts the movie off hating.
My one caveat is the balcony scene, which I suppose had to be in something with Juliet in the title. But one minute she's running, the next minute she appears from a balcony? Is she Spiderman? Okay I know, if I'm suspending my belief, her balcony climbing powers should be included...Read more ›
This has all the makings of a charming chick flick, telling an idealistic love story in a stunningly beautiful place. Verona and the Tuscan countryside are so gorgeous, I was ready to pack my bags and go. Seyfried makes a likable enough heroine; unfortunately she's paired with wooden Christopher Eagan who lacks depth, looks too young, and is a total cheeseball. The movie is saved by Vanessa Redgrave as the woman who wrote the letter decades ago. She's classy, confidant, and flawless and doesn't look like she's acting. Her reunited lost love is played wonderfully by Franco Nero who commands the screen even though his part is small. (Their obvious chemistry is for real; they were in love in the sixties, parted, and only recently reunited and married - good plot for a movie!)
It's a shame the story has such a Disney fairy tale-feel to it. One knows immediately everything that will happen and how it will end. It was too unbelievable and silly for me, although I think younger people would adore the movie. Recommended for those who love picturesque Italy.
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No. The movie is apparently not able to be p laced in this country????? Doesn't make any sense to mePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer