Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

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Director: Audrey Wells

Cast: Audrey Wells, Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

     
 

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Diane Lane stars in this screen adaptation of Frances Mayes' best-selling memoir, which has been given a sound presentation for its DVD release. Under the Tuscan Sun has been transferred to disc in pan-and-scan format at the full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1. (A letterboxed widescreen edition is also available.) The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1…  See more details below

Overview

Diane Lane stars in this screen adaptation of Frances Mayes' best-selling memoir, which has been given a sound presentation for its DVD release. Under the Tuscan Sun has been transferred to disc in pan-and-scan format at the full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1. (A letterboxed widescreen edition is also available.) The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Viewers may choose between the original English soundtrack and a dubbed version in French, while optional Spanish subtitles have also been included. Bonus material includes an audio commentary from director Audrey Wells, several deleted scenes, and a short documentary on the production of the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the screen's most talented actresses, Diane Lane has come into her own in recent years with emotionally complex characterizations in such films and A Walk on the Moon and Unfaithful. Her winning streak continues with this delightful star vehicle, a charming, character-driven yarn set in gloriously beautiful surroundings that bring the delightful Frances Mayes memoir to vibrant life. Lane portrays Mayes, a recently divorced writer who gets away from her problems by taking a vacation in the Tuscan region of Italy. Inexplicably smitten with a crumbling villa put up for sale by its aged owner, Frances buys it on a whim, hoping that she will rejuvenate not only the property but herself as well. Writer-director Audrey Wells peppers the narrative with colorful characters: Frances' closest friend, a lesbian (Sandra Oh) dumped by her partner in the midst of a pregnancy; a handsome young lover (Raoul Bova) straight out of the pages of a romance novel; a middle-aged British expatriate (Lindsay Duncan) with a zest for life; and a sympathetic real-estate broker who befriends the writer and develops a crush on her. There are others -- eccentric workmen and young lovers separated by class differences -- but they're all here only to lend support to Lane, whose obvious star quality and physical beauty brighten the screen even more than the sun-drenched Tuscan vistas expertly captured by cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson. Some, but not all, of the loose ends are tied up before the end credits, but this movie doesn't take the easy way out by pairing off all the cast members. Lane's character ultimately learns the lesson that a fully lived life is not about having arrived at a destination -- it's about the things that happen along the way.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This overall thrust of this chick flick doesn't stray far from formula, but the filmmakers fill Under the Tuscan Sun with enough smart casting and unorthodox flourishes to keep things interesting far longer than they might have. Hollywood vet and Oscar nominee Diane Lane has earned the right to rest on her laurels; for her, that means letting her innate charm and screen charisma do most of the work and summoning up the odd moment of actual acting chops only on the rare occasion in which the script requires it. In smaller roles, Sandra Oh and Lindsay Duncan get to have lots more fun, Oh as a snarky lesbian sidekick and Duncan as an eccentric, over-50 actress with the appetite of a woman half her age. As far as the plot goes, the elliptical happy ending is implicit in the premise, but writer/director Audrey Wells makes sure her characters earn it -- even if that means the third act drags on into a fourth one. Luckily, cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson makes the most of every gorgeous moment even when the story begins to sag. A well-crafted, picturesque romantic comedy isn't exactly a hard sell in Hollywood, but Under the Tuscan Sun surpasses the genre's requirements more often than it settles for them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
UPC:
0786936226355
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
5,876

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes, including "Discovering the Fresco"; "Tuscany 101" making-of featurette - cast and filmmaker interviews and an insider's look at filming in Italy; Audio commentary with director Audrey Wells

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Lane Frances Mayes
Sandra Oh Patti
Lindsay Duncan Katherine
Raoul Bova Marcello
Vincent Riotta Mr. Martini
Giulia Steigerwalt Chiara
Pawel Szajda Pawel
Dan Bucatinsky Rodney
Kate Walsh Actor
Valentine Pelka Jerzy
Kristoffer Ryan Winters David

Technical Credits
Audrey Wells Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Christophe Beck Score Composer
John Brace Casting
Arthur Coburn Editor
Kate Dimento Associate Producer
Nicoletta Ercole Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicholas Evans Set Decoration/Design
Laura Fattori Executive Producer
Gianfranco Fumagalli Art Director
Mark Gill Executive Producer
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Jonathan Goldman Associate Producer
Sandy Kroopf Executive Producer
Beatrice Kruger Casting
Linda Lowy Casting
Alberto Mangiante Asst. Director
Andrew Marcus Editor
Stephen McCabe Production Designer
Eduardo Petti Associate Producer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Cinzia Sleiter Set Decoration/Design
Tom Sternberg Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Book Signing [3:11]
2. Moving Out [5:23]
3. Freedom [9:37]
4. Buyer's Remorse [12:31]
5. Fixing Up the Villa [7:41]
6. Making Friends [11:43]
7. Cooking Italian [5:13]
8. Getting Out [13:19]
9. Missed Visit [10:50]
10. A Baby Is Born [3:53]
11. The White Dress [11:39]
12. Young Love [4:02]
13. The Wedding [3:30]
14. New Beginning/End Credits [9:52]

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Under the Tuscan Sun 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely fantastic. Diane Lane's performance as the sweet & quirky Frances was fabulous. And, the beautiful scenery is to die for. I highly recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story starts out with Frances (Diane Lane) newly divorced writer who during divorce nogotiations leaves her house to her ex-husband. She moves in an apartment building that mostly has divirced/single tenants (one living next door-constantly crying over his divirce). On her birthday friends get her a gift: ticket on a gay tour of Italy. Something to cheer her up and forget about recent divorce, and also help her to start writing books again. After some consideration (and hearing neighbor crying over his divorce) Frances agrees to go on tour. While in Tuscany it seems like fate and all the clues/signs brings her to the old house that she buys . She makes 2 wishes: one to see a wedding in this house and another to have a family in it. Her wishes come true, but in a very unexpected way. The movie is an absolute delight. Its full of life, dreams to meet a new love and a believe in fate. A must see movie! You will fall in love with it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the bomb! It had a little bit of everything:Drama,comedy,Romance,etc. I will definitely be watching it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so inspired after seeing this movie. I don't think my feet hit the ground for days! I am only 5'2'.....but I felt 6' tall! Diane Lane was so good in this movie. I felt she was a friend by the end. If you are a woman facing life alone (as I am)...you will also feel more confident... like you can go out and conquer the world. I loved it. I am currently buying it, to be able to watch it whenever I feel a little low and need an uplift. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this DVD from the library, and now that I've watched it I'm SO glad I didn't pay money for it. I did not enjoy this movie at all. It had poor character development, cheesy transitions, and an unrealistic plot. I was hoping to at least get some glimpses of of beautiful Tuscany, but I was out of luck. I'd recommend not wasting your time on this one...I mean, give me a break-- a GAY tour of Tuscany!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my FAVORITE movies, ever. I must have seen it at least 50 times.  A great story about friendship, loss, love, adventure, trusting the flow of life: What's meant to be will be & most importantly, getting back up after being knocked down.  I absolutely LOVE Diane Lane.  I highly recommend it.  
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A moving story that breaks your heart and then gives you back your hope. Truly a journey of the human spirit filled with wonderful advice for those of us trying to survive in the real world. Wonderful cinematography! There should be some oscar nominations coming for the depth of the characters and beautiful screenplay. See this film twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Under the Tuscan Sun is an exceptional film that will never be forgoten. It's meaning is profound and pure. Under the Tuscan Sun is an utterly captivating and heartwarming story that just might change the way you view your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie. You must see it! I thought the story was great along with outstanding acting. I'm not a mushy romantic movie lover, but this one was great. If you like romantic movies I think you would like it too. I think everyone should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few movies leave their mark upon the social landscape in the manner of 'Under the Tuscan Sun.' This journey weaves a new definition of love and family in both fun and serious ways such that the audience is led to expand their definitions, overcome obstacles, and discover a new, healthy and whole inclusivity much needed in our world today. The acting is superb and the sub-plots artfully highlight the central story-line. I heartily recommend this movie as one of the finest of our time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was urprisingly good. i thought i was gonna fall asleep after my mom rented it but i actually ended up buying it. gee, i hope i look like diane lane when im her age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Under the Tuscan Sun is a wonderful story and book. This movie resembles the book in the barest way possible. Too bad because if the writers had read and followed the book, the movie could have been great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes this movie so endearing is the positive, uplifting message it conveys at the end! It reminds all of us that life is full of all kinds of wonderful, unexpected, surprises, even when we temporarily give up all hope! We only need to take the chance! Always have faith, and it will change your life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was nice and Diane Lane gives an alright performance. The setting was terrific as the story is nice. One of those feel good drama type.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has officially become my 'feel good' movie and I am buying it now!It touches upon that little bit of 'what if' that I think we all harbor inside of us and balances the doubt out with a noble ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie..it's beautifully done and makes me want to travel to Tuscany NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie- Can't decide if it was just because I had visited Italy for the first time or the fact that I am approaching the big 30. Yes, some of the elements of the big storm were actually unrealistic, yet enjoyable. I loved the message that the movie portrays- value what you have now. The main character spends so much energy wishing she had people to fufill all these different needs: i.e. finding a man, having a baby, having somebody to cook for. The movie is great for woman (or men) who value the fun of taking a chance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Diane Lane is charming, the star of the novel (upon which the movie is based) is the house--and we see precious little of the expertly-written dynamic tension that was in the book. The (many invented) characters were predictable (except Oh, who is always interesting), the cliches, underwhelming. A pleasant enough way to spend an evening, but I'm sure the author must have regretted selling the movie rights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Obviously the screenwriter didn't read the book. The movie was charming and the scenery beautiful but it wasn't the writer's life, just a fabricated story. Very disappointing because I loved the book.