Letters to Juliet
|Letters to Juliet|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gary Winick|
|Music by||Andrea Guerra|
|Edited by||Bill Pankow|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Box office||$80 million |
Letters to Juliet is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal and Franco Nero. This was the final film of director Gary Winick. The film was released theatrically in North America and other countries on May 14, 2010. The idea for the film was inspired by the 2006 non-fiction book, Letters to Juliet, by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman, which chronicles the phenomenon of letter writing to Shakespeare's most famous romantic heroine.
Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is a young American woman who works for The New Yorker as a fact checker. She goes on a pre-honeymoon with her chef fiancé Victor (Gael García Bernal) to Verona, Italy. Victor is unmoved by the romance of Italy and uses his time to research his soon-to-open restaurant, often neglecting Sophie. Sophie accidentally discovers an unanswered "letter to Juliet" by a Claire Smith from 1957, one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard that are typically answered by the "Secretaries of Juliet". She answers it and within a week the now elderly Claire Smith (Vanessa Redgrave) arrives in Verona with her handsome barrister grandson Charlie Wyman (Christopher Egan). Claire and Sophie take an instant liking to each other, but Charlie and Sophie do not get along.
Following the advice in Sophie's reply, Claire decides to look for her long-lost love, Lorenzo Bartolini (Franco Nero). Sophie, thinking Claire's story might help her with her writing career, helps Claire. The two find out that there are many Lorenzo Bartolinis living in the area. After many days of searching for the right Lorenzo, they find that one is dead. Charlie blames Sophie for his grandmother's sadness. He accuses her of not knowing what real loss is. Claire, witnessing the dispute, tells Charlie he was wrong and that Sophie's mother had walked away from her when she was a little girl. The following day, Claire insists that Charlie apologize to Sophie at breakfast, which he does. After dinner, Sophie talks to Charlie about love, and the two kiss. The following morning is their last day of searching for Lorenzo. On a whim, Claire points out a vineyard to Charlie and asks if he could stop so they can have a farewell drink for Sophie. As Charlie drives down the road, Claire sees a young man who looks exactly like her Lorenzo. They discover the man is Lorenzo Bartolini's grandson, and Claire and Lorenzo reunite.
Back in New York, Sophie breaks up with Victor before returning to Verona to attend Claire and Lorenzo's wedding. She finds Charlie with another woman, Patricia, and runs out crying. Charlie comes out to find her, and she admits she loves him but tells him to go back to Patricia. Charlie reveals that the woman is his cousin Patricia and tells Sophie he loves her. He climbs up the vine to the balcony, recreating the original famous scene from Romeo and Juliet, but accidentally falls down, and they kiss as he lies on the ground.
- Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Hall, a fact checker living in New York.
- Christopher Egan as Charlie Wyman, Claire's grandson, who has troubles coming to terms with his grandmother loving anyone other than his late grandfather.
- Vanessa Redgrave as Claire Smith-Wyman, the girl who wrote the letter to Juliet 50 years before, and is hoping to find her Lorenzo.
- Franco Nero as Lorenzo Bartolini, Claire's love interest. Nero is Redgrave's real life husband. Roger Ebert, having interviewed both Nero and Redgrave on the set of Camelot, noted how much of the love story between their characters is nearly autobiographical.
- Gael García Bernal as Victor, Sophie's chef fiancé who is easily preoccupied with anything having to do with food, cooking, and the opening of his restaurant.
- Luisa Ranieri as Isabella, the most important of the four original Juliet's secretaries in the film and a friend of Sophie's.
- Marina Massironi as Francesca, one of Juliet's secretaries.
- Lidia Biondi as Donatella, one of Juliet's secretaries.
- Milena Vukotic as Maria, one of Juliet's secretaries.
- Oliver Platt as Bobby, the editor of The New Yorker who wants Sophie to remain a fact-checker.
- Daniel Baldock as Lorenzo Jr., the older of Lorenzo's sons.
- Stefano Guerrini as Lorenzo III, grandson of Lorenzo.
- Ashley Lilley as Patricia, Charlie's cousin who has the same name as his ex-girlfriend.
- Luisa De Santis as Angelina, Isabella's mother.
Release and reception
Letters to Juliet received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 40% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 146 reviews, with an average score of 5.1/10. Metacritic gave it an average score of 50 out of 100 from the 34 reviews it collected.
Letters to Juliet opened at #3 to $13,540,486 behind Iron Man 2's second weekend and Robin Hood. In its second weekend, the film dropped 33.5% with $9,006,266 into #4. The film eventually grossed $53,032,453 domestically and $79,181,750 worldwide.
- "You Got Me" – Colbie Caillat
- "Chianti Country"
- "Verona" – Andy Georges
- "Un Giorno Così" – 883
- "Per Avere Te" – Franco Morselli
- "Quando, Quando, Quando" – Laura Jane (as Lisa Jane) and Chris Mann
- "Variations On A Theme By Mozart" – from The Magic Flute, Opus 9
- "Sospesa" – Malika Ayane and Pacifico
- "Per Dimenticare" – Zero Assoluto
- "Sono Bugiarda (I'm A liar)" – Caterina Caselli
- "Guarda Che Luna" – Fred Buscaglione
- "Love Story" – Taylor Swift
- "What If" – Colbie Caillat
- Fritz, Ben (16 May 2010). "First Look: 'Robin Hood' wobbly in U.S. but hits target overseas". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
- "Letters to Juliet (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- Roger Ebert. "Letters to Juliet Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Weekend Box Office Results for May 14-16, 2010 - Box Office Mojo
- Weekend Box Office Results for May 21-23, 2010 - Box Office Mojo
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