Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2005. BBC Films, Cougar Films Ltd., Ealing Studios, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Focus Features, Fragile Films, Minotaur Film Partnership No. 3, RTL, X-Filme Creative Pool. Screenplay by Ol Parker. Cinematography by Ben Davis. Produced by Sophie Balhetchet, Andro Steinborn, Barnaby Thompson. Music by Alex Heffes. Production Design by Eve Mavrakis. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle. Film Editing by Alex Mackie. Toronto International Film Festival 2005.
Following her long-awaited marriage to her boyfriend and best friend of many years, Piper Perabo feels an instant flame ignite when she crosses paths with her wedding florist (Lena Headey). Perabo’s husband (Matthew Goode, who between this film and Woody Allen’s Match Point is now the world’s cutest cuckold), encourages them to be friends when his soulless work in the finance world forces him to ignore his wife, having no idea that he’s actually facilitating some genuine love in bloom. Ol Parker’s sensitive direction overcomes a mostly familiar screenplay (even the gay twist doesn’t add too much originality) by focusing on the individuality of the characters and their palpable chemistry. Reminiscent of Richard Curtis’s comedies, particularly with its emphasis on quirky supporting characters (mouthy children and feisty old people, naturally), it is further saturated by the beauty of chilly London and likeability of its leads. Lovely fun, and try not to ignore the glaring plot hole of a bride who doesn’t meet her florist until after the wedding.