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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Dancing by Myself  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$103,028 (USA) (16 June 1996)

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$4,573,330 (USA) (15 September 1996)
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Joseph Fiennes would later work again with Rachel Weisz in Enemy at the Gates (2001). Joseph Fiennes later starred opposite Rachel Weisz's future husband, future James Bond Daniel Craig in Elizabeth (1998). Joseph Fiennes's brother Ralph Fiennes starred opposite Daniel Craig's Bond in Skyfall (2012). See more »

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When Richard tells Lucy to stick out her tongue, her hair changes between shots from loose in front of her left shoulder, to tucked neatly behind it. See more »

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Lucy: What are you doing?
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Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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CLARINET CONCERTO In A K.622
Performed by English Chamber Orchestra
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
by arrangement with Source/Q
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Great potential...but falls short
16 September 1999 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

The first twenty minutes of this movie had me riveted. The Italian landscape was incredible and upon meeting all the diverse characters, one would think this was the perfect stage for a fine film.

But it wasn't.

Lucy's search for her father is first pushed on the back burner then brought miraculously to life near the end of the movie. Meanwhile the plot involves the entire house buzzing like old maids about the poor girl's virginity, as if the topic were front page news. But then again Jeremy Irons character said it best: "Up here on this hill, the only thing we have to talk about is each other". Hm, maybe so, but the idea quickly becomes dull.

Instead of becoming interested in Lucy, the only scenes I found enjoyable involved Miranda and her dim-witted "boyfriend". Richard made me laugh so much that I nearly forgave the pointless plot. And I would've been very disappointed were it not for Jeremy Irons and his wonderful character of Alex. Alex's musing, thoughts and expressions made me smile and made me think. (" 'The incredible frivolity of the dying' You have to allow me a little frivolity")

As far as what Lucy sees in Nicholo or what made her take the plunge with someone she barely knew, baffles me. Take the beautiful cinemetography, interesting characters and mold them in an entirely different way and you've got yourself a much better movie than what was presented. Such potential..wasted *sigh*


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