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Year: 2003
USA: Buena Vista Pictures
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Vincent Riotta, Dan Bucatinsky, Lindsay Duncan, Kate Walsh, Valentine Pelka, Ralph Palka, Kristoffer Ryan Winters, Pawel Szadja, Giulia Steigerwalt, Claudia Gerini, Evelina Gori, Mario Monicelli, Roberto Nobile, Laura Pestellini, Massimo Sarchielli
Director: Audrey Wells
Country: USA
UK: 112mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language and moderate sex
USA Release Date: 26 September 2003
UK Release Date: 26 March 2004


The life of freshly divorced San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) is about to take an unexpected but much needed upturn. Trying to shake Frances out of her lethargy and post-breakup funk, her friend Patti (Sandra Oh) offers Frances a gift that she hopes will do the trick: a ten day trip to Tuscany, in the heart of Italy. And right there, under the Tuscan sun, the unlikeliest thing happens: Frances impulsively buys a run-down villa named "Bramasole" - literally, "something that yearns for the sun" - and in so doing, plunges herself into a brand new life.

As she embraces the local ways and devotes herself to the restoration of her new home, Frances finds herself forming close bonds with the people around her and slowly rediscovering the pleasures of laughter, friendship and romance. Even as she stumbles forward on her uncertain journey, one thing becomes clear: in life, there are second chances.

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