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Nearest To Heaven back to product details

Nowhere Near
written by talltale April 18, 2005 - 7:39 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Writer/director Tonie Marshall, who scored a major hit in France in 1999 with her "Venus Beauty Institute" (much less so over here in the US), went on a few years later to make NEAREST TO HEAVEN, starring Catherine Deneuve and William Hurt. That the film appears never to have received a US theatrical release is no surprise. It stinks--though in a manner that leaves room for some awfully charming moments and wonderful acting from both the leads and the supporting cast. That's the upside.

The downside is that Marshall seems to be smitten with the old Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr "An Affair to Remember," to the point where she really has no further plot to add to this mishap of a movie. For all the charm and reality that Deneuve and Hurt bring to things, the film begins to drag badly by midpoint and then goes further downhill. Really now, moviemakers: isn't it time to retire this infantile obsession with "An Affair to Remember." It was a fun tearjerker in its day, and it still exists on DVD anytime you (or we) want to watch it. Leave it at that--and move on.


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