Nearest To Heaven

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Romance

The enduring appeal of tearjerker AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) is sufficient that there's room for it to coexist with both the American salute SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) and this dry-as-Vermouth French homage. Glamorous divorcee Fanette (Catherine Deneuve) runs into a spurned suitor, Bernard (Bernard LeCoq), at their 30-year college reunion. Of course,...read more

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The enduring appeal of tearjerker AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) is sufficient that there's room for it to coexist with both the American salute SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) and this dry-as-Vermouth French homage.

Glamorous divorcee Fanette (Catherine Deneuve) runs into a spurned suitor, Bernard (Bernard LeCoq), at their 30-year college reunion. Of course, she would rather reconnected with Bernard’s friend, Philippe -- he’s the one who got away, and marriage and motherhood have done nothing to stop Fanette pining for her old flame. Once Bernard realizes he still doesn't stand a chance with Fanette, he castigates her for indulging dewy-eyed "it might have been" fantasies of her affair with Philippe. As a chaser to her post-reunion blues, Fanette attends a screening of her favorite movie, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.

Fanette’s employer, a publisher, is having trouble getting a photo for his upcoming coffee table book of a particular abstract painting. The canvas itself is in New York, so he delegates Fanette to meet up with eccentric photographer Matt (William Hurt) and supervise the taking of an original photo. The assignment becomes much more appealing when Philippe – who got her phone number from Bernard – suggests a rendezvous at the top of the Empire State Building in a few days. Just like her favorite movie! Fanette intends to rush through her work, only to discover that painting has been incorrectly catalogued and somehow misplaced in Boston. Because Matt won't, she's reluctantly dragooned into a road trip. As she dreams of a second chance with Philippe, Fanette is forced to deal with her growing attraction to Matt. Will she play Deborah Kerr to Philippe’s Cary Grant or opt for a more realistic relationship.

While Deneuve fans won't want to miss director Tonie Marshall's (VENUS BEAUTY ACADEMY) light romance, die-hard old-movie buffs will be less enchanted, except when clips from its inspiration take center stage.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The enduring appeal of tearjerker AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) is sufficient that there's room for it to coexist with both the American salute SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) and this dry-as-Vermouth French homage. Glamorous divorcee Fanette (Catherine Dene… (more)

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