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Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

Date: Oct 22 2003


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In the new movie Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes Diane Lane is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected turn. Her husband has left her for another woman, she has writer’s block and she is extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti, is beginning to think that Frances might never recover, so she gives Frances an airline ticket to Tuscany. It’s there, on a whim, that Frances buys a villa.
As she begins her new life in Italy, Frances makes new friends among her neighbors and the men who are helping her fix up her new house. However, she is lonely and fearful that she’ll never find love again. Luckily, on a visit to Rome, she meets a handsome Italian man who makes her feel good about life again.
Both Beth and Miguel saw Under a Tuscan Sun. Listen to their conversation to learn more about the film.


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Miguel:  Hey Beth, did you see Under the Tuscan Sun?

Beth:  I did and I loved it. Did you see it?

Miguel:  Yeah, and I was interested what you were gonna think of it, ‘cause I thought it was a total chick flick.

Beth:  Well, I liked the story definitely, and most of all I really enjoyed the cinematography and all the shots of Italy and the beautiful villa and the Italian countryside. And, it made me want to go to Italy, and the sunflowers and the food and I don’t know. I guess it was more about the cinematography that did it for me.

Miguel:  But wasn’t it like, I don’t know – I just thought it was annoying how everything was so cute. I mean, I agree it was beautiful, but it was like way… You know, everything worked out just too well.

Beth:  OK. I’ll agree with that, but the story was really sweet, and I don’t know – it was just a feel good movie, so I enjoyed it. I think it was the mood I was in, and just – it was fun. I don’t know. I enjoyed it.

Miguel:  Did you think the Italian guy was cute?

Beth:  Oh yeah. I heard that he was, uh, that he is a really big actor in Italy, and this was like his first film that was a blockbuster in the U.S.. Do you know anything about him?

Miguel:  I don’t, but I did think he was a pretty cool character.



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I can’t wait to see Under the Tuscan Sun! I don’t know if it’s a chick flick or not, but then again, I am a chick, so I’m sure I’ll like it either way. I read the book that the movie is based on, and I really enjoyed it. Frances Mayes is one of my favorite authors.
If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, and you liked it, you should also check out Mayes’ other book – Bella Tuscany.
See you at the movies!


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