Enchanted April [Import]
This lovely, 1991 adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel has a superb cast and a tone so mellow you can feel your pulse get slower. Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson play a pair of unhappily married women who rent an Italian villa for a month, sharing the rent with a crusty Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) and a lonely aristocrat (Polly Walker). Sun, rest, sinking into the green grass for long naps--they all have a soulful effect on the quartet, and then on the men in their lives who make a surprise visit. Mike Newell (Into the West) directs with seeming effortlessness, and it is impossible not to be swayed by the promise of restoration for these burdened characters--or for anyone alive. Wonderful performances all around, including a particularly sensitive one by Alfred Molina and a very funny one by Jim Broadbent. --Tom Keogh
Feature Commentary by Director Mike Newell & Producer Ann Scott --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Keep your old copies of this movie folks as you will certainly miss the chopped scenes.
So why am I reviewing this movie that has absolutely nothing to do with any of the above? Because I also looooove a good vacation!! And even though this movie is about two women who take a holiday in Italy, that's not what I was referring to. ACTUALLY WATCHING this little movie is literally like taking a mini-vacation!!
I've seen this movie in theatres and had it on VHS at one time (recorded from cable) and I came on here hoping to find it available on DVD. Sadly, tragically it's not, but hopefully it will be soon. I read some of the reviews of this and I must say every single one (positive one anyways) is spot on. If you're wondering whether or not to get this, I'd say trust what you read here and take a chance. You won't be sorry. In this review I wont give any spoilers or much plot details. Because this movie is so much more than a mere plot...
Whether it's a cold rainy day, or too much is going on in life, or you've watched one too many action movies lately, or for ANY reason at all, grab a bowl of popcorn, a pillow and your favorite blankey, have a seat and pop this movie in. And then prepare to be healed! ;)
The experience of watching this movie is like this: It starts of gray and dreary, kinda like how things in your life may be going. The plot is wonderfully simple and very easy to follow, while engaging enough to immediately cause you to be concerned and interested about the main characters. Basically two "friends" are sick of how things are going and want to get away.Read more ›
They arrive in San Salvatore' a seaside Italian castle drenched in wisteria and sunshine and find themselves in a romantic landscape that leaves a lot of time to consider their lives in London. After reflecting for a while Lottie decides to send a letter to her husband, inviting him to join her. Even though much more happens, I don't want to spoil the plot of the story, so if you liked Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, you might also like this one as it has an ending that you'd least expect. Again, Joan Plowright plays her role well and so does the rest of the cast. I would recommend this as I find it to be a gem of a movie!
Anyway, the movie is excellent for a relaxing evening of cinema for both sexes. "Two thumbs up! Warm, funny and romantic." from Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert".
Most recent customer reviews
Quaint movie, story line wobbled a bit. was it edited for release on dvd?Published 1 month ago by wazzo
Enjoyed this movie years ago, looking forward to seeing it again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy this movie. It's the kind of film that's especially good to watch when the weather is miserable outside and/or you've had a bad day and just want to take a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geraldine
a fairy tale. Beyond belief, but good escape to those who badly need one.Published 15 months ago by Esther Klein Ottawa
Fast shipping and delivery. Works great and am very pleased with my purchase!Published 17 months ago by Nancy Wilt
I loved this film! It was well titled. It is absolutely enchanting.Published 17 months ago by Elaine Burgess