This whimsical love story is a genuine rarity, a romantic drama that seriously investigates the laws of attraction.
Though he's been divorced three times, radio talk-show host Tom (Bruce Greenwood) still hopes to fall in love again. Unlike the starry-eyed Tom, museum archivist Fay (Emilia Fox) is willing to settle for a comfortable, stable affair with her boss that she refuses to take to the next level of commitment: Fay believes she'll never achieve the bliss of her parents' "perfect" union, so she's rather not get married at all. After her exasperated boyfriend calls it quits, Fay books a working vacation in France, where she intends to do research for an upcoming mermaid exhibit. On the eve of her departure, Fay meets Tom at a party. He falls head over heels for her, and sends mash notes to Fay
abroad. Upon returning, Fay sets up roadblocks, starting with the fact that they happen to live in the same apartment building – it would be really awkward if they dated and then broke up – but eventually succumbs to Tom's ardor and decides to give matrimony a whirl. Then, a bombshell shatters her confidence: Her father walks out on his idyllic marriage. Devastated by Fay’s wedding bell blues, Tom loses confidence in his instincts. Fay may never learn to live her life outside her parents’ shadows, but if she does, will the heartbroken Tom take her back?
Greenwood and Fox have terrific onscreen that ameliorates the film's sappy moments and helps make the filmmakers' enchantment with the idea of soul mates seem entirely reasonable.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: This whimsical love story is a genuine rarity, a romantic drama that seriously investigates the laws of attraction. Though he's been divorced three times, radio talk-show host Tom (Bruce Greenwood) still hopes to fall in love again. Unlike the starry-ey… (more)