The most beautiful place to be is in love.
|Ninteen-year-old lucy travels to tuscany to spend the summer with family friends. While she pursues young love and identity, others find themselves intoxicated by her freshness. Lucy's presence has a profound effect on the jaded emotions of her hosts and their houseguests.|
"...stylish, sensual motion picture... James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Editor's NoteWhen 19-year-old Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) arrives in Tuscany, wondering about her mother (a recent suicide) and still nursing a crush on Niccolo, the local playboy she met on a visit four years earlier, everyone sits up and takes notice--especially director Bernardo Bertolucci, who trains his camera on the ingenue with understandable enthusiasm. The Graysons, who own the artists' colony and villa where Lucy's mother once wrote poetry, take the young girl in, and their guests enjoy the infusion of youth. Perhaps most deeply affected is Alex Parrish (Jeremy Irons), a terminally ill writer who finds Lucy charming and vital. Before such attentions, Lucy's interest in Niccolo (who turns out to be a jerk) quickly fades, replaced by an unexpected mystery regarding the identity of her father and a possible new love. And in a further attempt to understand her mother, Lucy writes light little poems as well. (Bertolucci has her words appear on the screen as she scribbles.) In fact, everything seems light in lush and lovely in Tuscany, which provides a gorgeous setting for the gifted ensemble to play out their intrigues.
Cast & Crew
|Bernardo Bertolucci - Director|
|Darius Khondji - Director of Photography|
|Pietro Scalia - Editor|
|Richard Hartley - Musical Score|
|Chris Auty - Producer|
|Jeremy Thomas - Producer|
|Yves Attal - Producer|
|Gianni Silvestri - Production Designer|
|Bernardo Bertolucci - Story By|
|Susan Minot - Writer|
Plot SummaryAfter four years, Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) returns to the artist's colony in Tuscany where her recently deceased mother was once the resident poet. Lucy is now a beautiful young woman, and although she has returned to learn more about the past (and find love as well), she does not anticipate the revelations and relationships that await her in the pastoral paradise. Jeremy Irons is memorable as the dying writer who takes an interest in Lucy.
Cannes Film Festival (1996)
|Bernardo Bertolucci, Nominee, Golden Palm|