By Karen Valby
August 10, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana
Directed by: Robert Schwentk
Release date: August 14

Rachel McAdams, along with legions of heady romantics around the world, fell in love with Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 best-seller about a man who ping-pongs between time periods and the woman who would give anything for him to stay put. Director Gus Van Sant had been diligently working on an adaptation when McAdams first won the role of the very patient Clare. When Van Sant dropped out, the script found its way into the hands of Schwentke, who was eager to take on a romance after his hit thriller Flightplan. ”I felt like this allowed us to tell a wonderful, classic love story with a very new reason to keep the lovers apart,” says Schwentke of the fraught relationship between Clare and Henry (Bana). ”But it was a 500-plus-page narrative. We had to extract a strand of the book to allow the movie to have a pulse of its own.” Fans will notice the absence of a few supporting characters, such as Henry’s beloved Korean next-door neighbor, Kimmy. But Schwentke and McAdams both insisted that every character who’s supposed to die does so at the end of the movie. Love hurts, no matter what time-space continuum you live in.

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