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I don't generally go for love stories, but this is absolutely riveting. It IS sort of a fairy tale, as they say-- but more than this, it's well-written, beautifully set and properly cast. The protagonist is a woman who strays accidentally (?) from her tour group and finds her place in the older, almost bohemian district of Venice. Her new friends are quirky but endearing from the start, and she lives cozily in the center of this artistic enclave. All of this contrasts so well with the suburban drudgery she left behind-- it's as though she'd spent half of her life marking time in a world with which she felt no connection. It's not a story of angst or alienation-- just everyday people, creating for themselves the lives they were meant to lead.
I've watched the DVD dozens of times, where I barely make it halfway through most fictional flicks. Not a single scene is wasted. If I had to select one film for my very highest recommendation, this would be the one!
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