Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Room with a View (1986) [R] *****

Delicately combine Edwardian-era English reserve, the pastoral springtime countryside of Tuscany, the beauty of Florence and Puccini's stirring music, and you will have one of the most romantic films ever made.

George Emerson (Julian Sands) is the unique young man who falls in love with the passionate but repressed Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter). George awakens in Lucy the desire to live as she really wants to live, not as other people expect her to live. His love liberates her from her own inner fears, and her awakening is as delicate and beautiful as a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

The message in this wonderful film is simply: Don't go for what you know you can get... go for what you really want. If you enjoy Helena Bonham Carter, and you like period romantic dramas set in Europe, films like Enchanted April or Wings of the Dove, then you'll love A Room with a View.

Labels: drama, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 80/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=85, viewers=78)

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