Enchanted April (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 1992.   BBC Films, Miramax, Greenpoint Films.   Screenplay by , based on the novel by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

This film may at first seem to be a run-of-the-mill, harmless period piece, but in actuality it’s the best harmless period piece of the year. Four bored and lonely English women decide to pool their resources and rent a villa in Italy for a month. Their lives go from uneventfully dull to bedroom door-slamming delightful when they find themselves set upon by husbands and lovers who are threatened by these ladies’ newfound enjoyment for life. Joan Plowright is adorable as the oldest of the quartet, while Miranda Richardson shines as the presumably prim housewife who discovers some inner strength. The excellent screenplay by Peter Barnes is based on the novel by Elizabeth van Arnim.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actress (Joan Plowright); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Costume Design

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Miranda Richardson); Best Supporting Actress (Joan Plowright)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy

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