A letter to Juliet (2010)
Director: Gary Winick
Actors: Amanada Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia Bernal, Franco Nero
Original: Letters to Juliet by Lise and Ceil Friedman
Are you in love with someone? If you do not love, what do you think is the reason? If one of the reasons is that time passes by so fast that you are not happy due to that love, I recommend watching this movie. This movie portrays a romantic love story than occur on a travel that it may well be a real story. There are many more couples that fell in love with each other on a travel in foreign places than we might think. I think that travel and love have a common sense. Both arouse a person’s emotion and are unpredictable. In the movie, love, travel, and the relation between the two is wonderfully captured. This movie starts from a letter which causes love and travel and gives us a pretty romantic message as the main story unfolds.
All complex emotions and the travel in the movie start from a letter. Although Sophie is excited by a honeymoon travel with her husband-to-be, Victor, her fiancé, is only excited by buying food reserves which he needs to open his restaurant. She Sophie not delight in the sights of decayed cheese, so she goes alone for a walk in the downtown of Verona. On seeing a gorgeous wall, she strolls through an alley and finds Juliet's wall which is attached by women from all over the world. In that wall, there are letters written by women about their worries. Among the letters, she discovers one that was written 50 years ago by Claire and Sophie answers this letter. In a few days, Claire and Charlie, her grandson, come to Italy from England to find Lorenzo who was Claire's first love 50 years ago. In the movie, the way how to find Lolenzo is unusual and analogue. Sophie and Charlie look around on the map of Italy and ask people "Are you Lorenzo?" As a result, Sophie and Charlie fall in love with each other on their journey to find Claire's first love; Claire also finds her love after the long 50 years. Although there is the only love story between Sophie and Charlie, they know in secret that they should not love each other. However, confess loving each other during Lorenzo and Claire's wedding. The movie ends showing that Sophie kisses Charlie who carefully listens and understands her story of throwing herself to him. The ending scene is remarkably memorable, as the couple declares their love to each other standing on the balcony like Romeo and Juliet in the famous Shakespeare’s play.
Finding a person through a past love replay continuously a false, Sophie and Charlie who are together everyday do not easily open their minds. Not fast-love that falling dramatically with each, they wait slowly each coming to their mind. The movie depicts long-forgotten genial analogue emotions, but they are far away. In fact, almost everything in the world can be expressed in the analogue way. However, we just use digital way for convenience, so we do not have to digitize our inner worlds. In that sense, a letter is a restricting factor but a very dear message that arouses analogue sensitivity in the audience.
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