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I've always loved this movie. Rossellini and Danson are remarkable in their roles. The movie is touching and passionate, some points of humor and a lot of heart. Lots of beautiful cinematography and so well written. Never gets old....seen it at least 4 or 5 times over the past 30 years. Romantic and at times poignant, the characters make you feel them as very real and relatable.
Sean Young is extremely pretty, Isabella Rossellini is ravishing, Danson and Bridges are likewise unfairly good looking. It’s a fairy tale, of course, not a morality play. It’s also a lot of fun to watch and leaves one with a better feeling than most films do. In other words, if you can accept it for what it is, you will enjoy it. If you insist that all films must meet the highest moral standards as set forth by some authority or other, well, this is not the film for you. It was the film for us, and we greatly enjoyed watching it.
I hadn't seen this film since its theatrical release and forgot how beautiful it was with regards to the cinematography, scenic design, and so on. Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini are perfect as the cousins who become best friends due to their spouses affair. If anyone wants to see what an emotional affair looks like, it's the first 2/3 of this film, but completely understandable due to the fundamental incompatibility of the original couples. This is one of those films that makes me wish I could live in part of that world, for a day anyway. This reminds me why I spent so much money at the Lancôme counter in the 80s, because I wanted to look like Rossellini. She really had something special with the camera.
The acting was so goood! it felt real! they don't make movies like this anymore because the society we live in is becoming more and more shallow. This film was so refreshing to watch and I will definitely be watching more oldies because they re just more fun and refreshing!
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2016
As a filmmaker, this is on my top ten list of perfect films. An engaging story (remake of Cousin Cuisine), but much better than the original French version. Ted Danson turns in a fabulous performance (yes, I was surprised). Ralf Bode's camera work is stunningly beautiful, but the camera is invisible, never getting in the way of telling the story. The supporting cast is superb. One of the best rom-coms of them all.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
A wonderfully webbed movie of family events, private lives growing through and up in realistic but not violent, over-sexed, darkness. The characters are people you've known, and might be in your family. Many smiling and empathetic moments. Love the costume design. Might be the last era of people dressing with thoughtful appeal. Enjoy.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
What a marvelous performance by the cast; there is nothing about the movie that could be improved. My only question is what is the motorcycle that Ted Danson is driving in the film? It doesn't matter in any way just curious.
I used to own this film in video format and watched it often - a lovely romance. Now, at last I have it in DVD format and so can cheer myself up on the romance front whenever I like. Ted Danson's character is rather like the person he played in 'Cheers' which people will remember was extremely likeable. Isabella Rossellini plays the light, undemanding role of a sweet-natured woman who suddenly sees the possibility of happiness with an honest man. A thoroughly enjoyable watch.