The music in this film is wonderful with Frank Sinatra singing "At Long Last Love."
Bob, played by David Duchovny, and Elizabeth, played by Joely Richardson, return home from a ball and get into a bad car accident. Elizabeth, a renowned vetinararian dies. Across town, in a hospital, Grace, played by Minnie Driver,a beautiful young woman, is being prepped for a heart transplant. They found a donor. Elizabeth's heart. Grace's big Irish-Italian Family are sitting vigil in the waiting room, except for Grandpa Marty, played by Carroll O'Connor, who is in the hospital chapel where he is praying his heart out for Grace. Angelo, Grace's father, played by Robert Loggia, and Grace's devoted cousin Megan, played by Bonnie Hunt, are worrying about Grace's chances in surgery. Throughout their vigil, Bob has returned home, and he drops to the floor and sobs and sobs for the loss of his beloved wife Elizabeth.
A year later, Grace is in robust health, and cycling throughout the city, and waiting tables and singing at O'Reilly's, the Irish-Italian family restaurant run by her father and grandfather. Bob is still grieving the loss of his wife. However, his good friend, Charlie, played David Alan Grier, convinces Bob to go to dinner at O'Reilly's. Grace is their server, and there is an immediate connection between the two. Bob begs off in the middle of the dinner with a lame excuse and leaves. However, he leaves behind his cell phone.
When he returns the next night for his phone, he meets Grace, and they talk in her beautiful garden in the back of the restaurant. He sees a beautiful painting there that Grace had done, and compliments her on her work. .He asks her out and from there they begin a sweet and lovely romance. Grace is afraid to tell Bob that she had a heart transplant because she thinks it will turn him away because she is a "broken woman." After she had the surgery, Grace wrote a letter of gratitude to the donor, unsigned, of course. It was in a distinct pink envelope. When Grace finally decides to tell Bob about her surgery, she is in his house, and is putting some CD's on, and she finds her pink envelope in his desk. She runs off.
The next day Grace tells Bob she is going to Rome. He brought her a nice, shiny red bicycle. She tells Bob that she wrote the letter in the pink envelope. He says he has to leave. Grace goes off to Rome with her easel, paints and her bicycle.
Minnie Driver is superb as Grace. David Duchovny is also superb as Bob. Carroll O'Connor is grand as Grandpa Marty. Robert Loggia is excellent as Angelo,Grace's father. Bonnie Hunt, as Megan, is excellent. Ms. Hunt also co-wrote this film and directed it. David Alan Grier is great as Charlie. James Brelushi is funny and excellent as Megan's husband, And Joely Richardson as Elizabeth, who was only in a few scenes, is beautiful and excellent.