Under the Tuscan Sun
2003
After divorcing her cheating husband, Frances Mayes tries to overcome her depression and writer's block by taking a vacation to Tuscany. Charmed by the location, she impulsively decides to buy a villa there.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Probably the most thoroughly pleasing film of the year after “Antwone Fisher” (which shares its sunflower motif), you’d have to be very cynical not to enjoy this alluring picture. It helps that it acknowledges its own debt to Italian-tourism films and to the laughable yuppie-therapy nature of its premise (“that is so Oprah!” complains the heroine). Films like this succeed with an engaging lead, colorful supporting players, and beautiful scenery, so that no matter what happens in the story, there’s always something on the screen to keep you smiling. Best is the no-nonsense friend played by the endearing Sandra Oh.

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