LETTERS TO JULIET is a rather too cutesy "romcom" (a term i find offensive, but if the term fits, well, it does here). The primary story of a young writer (played by Amanda Seyfried) who finds inspiration during a trip to Verona, where the "myth" of Romeo and Juliet infiltrates the atmosphere, has its charm, even if it tends to be rather cloying. But then the movie stops for the real thing: Vanessa Redgrave enters the story, as an elderly woman who had lost a great love in her youth, and everything she does is grounded in such emotional power. And then, well... the movie goes so far beyond its little romcom trappings when Vanessa Redgrave finally meets the love of her youth (played by Franco Nero). The fact that, in reality, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero had been a couple, and then parted after a few years (though they remained in contact because of their son, whom they shared custody), just brings added weight to the scene. But it's the close-ups of Redgrave's face, as she sees him, and the incredible range of emotions which flash across her face, and the amount of love, regret, happiness which suddenly become unleashed and flood the screen... this is truly transcendent, and a scene which takes this little movie and elevates it into something sublime. And it is because one of the greatest actresses of the 20th Century (for many of us, maybe the greatest English-speaking actress of the 20th Century) has a scene worthy of her depth of passion and love.