Enchanted April (1991)

Enchanted April (1991)

Four women take a relaxing break in this charming and delightful novel adaptation

7.0

Movie

United Kingdom
English, Italian
Drama, Romance
1991
MIKE NEWELL
Adriana Facchetti, Alfred Molina, Anna Longhi
89 min

TLDR

LF: Three more women to vacation with in Italy.

What it's about

Deciding to take a break from their regular lives, four English women, Rose Arbuthnot, Lottie Wilkins, Caroline Dester, and Mrs. Fisher, book a vacation in a beautiful Italian villa by the sea.

The take

Of course, a lovely vacation in the Italian countryside will not solve all your problems. It won’t fix marital problems, or solve financial issues, or grant you respect, or suddenly make everything feel better. But Enchanted April charmingly suggests that maybe a break in a new environment, with the sun and the waves and the quiet, might grant you a new perspective and maybe lifelong friendships that can change your life, and make the day-to-day just a little better. The film might not be the most profound story ever created, but it’s a lovely little adaptation with relatable women enjoying life in the same way we probably should do once in a while.

What stands out

The film was shot in the exact castle the original novelist Elizabeth von Arnim stayed in and was inspired by. I don’t know if the Garbarino family commissioned this film or something, but this was one hell of an advertisement, if so.

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