Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1997. Jagtoria Films, Revere Entertainment, The Rainbow Film Company. Screenplay by Victoria Foyt, Henry Jaglom. Cinematography by Hanania Baer. Produced by John Goldstone. Music by Gaili Schoen. Production Design by Helen Scott. Costume Design by Rhona Russell. Film Editing by Henry Jaglom.
Victoria Foyt (Jaglom’s real life wife and co-writer) strikes up a conversation with an older woman while on vacation in Jerusalem, and is given a pair of clips that the lady says were given to her by a lover who left her long ago. Foyt wanders around Europe trying to find out more about the trinkets before meeting up with her fiance in England, constantly having accidental run-ins with a mysterious painter (Stephen Dillane), with whom she feels an immediate attraction. Foyt’s constant whiny shock at everything that happens to her will grate on some people’s nerves, but the genuine romantic feeling that the film wraps you up in makes anything forgiveable. Vanessa Redgrave is absolutely marvelous as a visitor at the house Foyt stays at in England, and for the first time appears on screen with her real-life mother Rachel Kempson. Anna Massey (Peeping Tom) is also wonderful in a cameo (her telling a whole room full of guests a Katharine Hepburn story is the film’s best scene).