(out of 5)
Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically hammy romantic feel will go over extremely well with those in the mood for melodrama. Robin Wright is excellent as a single woman who discovers a bottle on the beach with a letter inside. After much extensive research she traces the bottle back to a seashore-abiding widowed artist of sorts (Kevin Costner) and they fall rapturously in love. Unfortunately, his past is a problem (isn’t it always) and she must help him confront his demons about his wife’s passing and his relationship with her family since her death. The great acting and the direction by Luis Mandoki (who is perfectly suited to this kind of material) keep the film from ever feeling like a Harlequin romance novel, but in the end it doesn’t add up to much more than that.
Directed by Luis Mandoki
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Music by Gabriel Yared
Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft
Costume Design by Bernie Pollack
Film Editing by Steven Weisberg