Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Australia/France/USA, 1990. Touchstone Pictures, Australian Film Finance Corporation. Screenplay by Peter Weir. Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson. Produced by Peter Weir. Music by Hans Zimmer. Production Design by Wendy Stites. Costume Design by Jennifer Ingram, Roseann Milano, Ingrid Price. Film Editing by William M. Anderson.
This heartfelt romance comes across in so simple a way that it will capture your heart without you ever even noticing. Andie MacDowell is excellent as a woman who wants desperately to own a giant apartment in a lush New York condominium; Gerard Depardieu plays a Frenchman who wants very much to live in the United States. She needs a husband in order to get the apartment, and he needs a wife in order to stay, making them perfect for each other. After the initial setup, they get married and prepare for their being investigated by the INS. As they get to know one another better, they realize that they actually do have strong feelings for each other after all. Working from his own script, Peter Weir comes up with a very delicate, very moving film that is the antithesis to the year’s other blockbuster romantic hit Ghost: all the real feelings without the supernatural thrills for added box office value. Its simplicity is its greatest asset.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Gerard Depardieu)
Nominations: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Andie MacDowell)