We gave it a C+
Diane Lane may be canoodling with yet another delicious foreigner in this loose adaptation of Frances Mayes? best-selling 1996 memoir, but don?t expect a brooding, snow-globe-as-murder-weapon tale à la ”Unfaithful.” Filmed in Tuscany, Rome, and Positano, the romantic comedy will give Oscar nominee Lane a chance to show off her lighter side…but that doesn?t mean the story lacks complications. Since the book was a languid meditation on Tuscan life, Audrey Wells needed to provide a brand-new plot, reimagining Lane?s character as a heartbroken writer who goes to Italy to recover from her divorce. ?[Mayes] is very happy in her book, and as the French say, Le bonheur n?a pas l?histoire — happiness has no story,? says Wells. ?So any good protagonist has to suffer plenty.?
For Lane, the gorgeous surroundings belied the challenges of the often-rainy shoot. ?It was a real contrast in terms of the pleasantness of the location and the fact that there?s a job to do while you?re there.? Jokes Wells: ?We started calling it ‘Under the Tuscan Gun.’?
The Killer Moment As writer Frances Mayes (Lane) lies on a table in his shop, hunky Italian antiques dealer Marcello (Bova) murmurs, ”I want to make love all over you.”