My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Message In A Bottle


(out of 5)

Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically hammy romantic feel will go over extremely well with those in the mood for melodrama.  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 () 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.

Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions

USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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