Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Enchanted Movie

Last Wednesday, I lied to you. I told you that Under the Tuscan Sun was the first movie that made me want to visit Italy. It wasn't. I didn't remember that I was lying to you until I found Enchanted April on Netflix and watched it again in the intervening days. I loved it more this time than I did in 1991. It's odd, too, because Enchanted April is listed in my profile as one of my favorite movies. That's because I have thought about its themes often through the years.
 
~The changes in Rose (and all the women) are quite remarkable~

The premise is that four women rent a small castle (San Salvatore) in Italy and, leaving husbands and responsibilities behind for a month, begin a process of delicious discovery and healing (physical and emotional). Interesting to note that Salvatore means Savior. As I said, I've thought about this movie many times through the years in terms of stinginess and generosity of spirit, mostly my own. Yes, it's on Netflix now.

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For those who wanted to see what was in the gift shop...sorry...didn't take photos inside. It's a sweet little shop using a part of the main home — the dining room with built-in china cupboard surrounds, the parlor, and a small former bedroom. 

My sister purchased a dish, a tea towel, and some other little things that I don't recall; I bought a card. 

We did see these things outside for sale.


The bluebird would provide a bright spot in the garden.


They were selling succulents in hollowed out stones (not shown) for a price . I would have liked one if I were in the chips. ☺


They had lots of darling garden statuary, also for a price. 

So that's my offering for Wednesday... Have you seen Enchanted April? How long ago? Perhaps it's time to put it in the queue.
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51 comments:

  1. That is one of my favorite movies ever, and at this point probably the only way I will ever visit Italy. Vicariously!

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  2. I have not seen the movie - thanks for the review. Cute garden statuary. At one of our homes, there was a huge rock and we planted succulents on top of it. That was a big hit with the neighbor's little kids!

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  3. I've never seen this movie, but I'll remember it for when I get Netflix, Vee.
    I love period movies!

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  4. I adore this movie Vee. I also love, love, love the tiny bluebird and tiny squirrel! You're a girl after my own heart! So enjoyed this post!

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  5. I have never seen Enchanted April, and never would have been drawn to it by its title. But now you've sold me. I'm going to watch it this week. Hope there's lots of blood and vomit. ;-) (I'm just being a pill.) Have a nice day, Vee. and I do love movie recommendations from a trusted source.

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  6. I haven't seen this movie but we have Netflix so I'll look it up. Blogger friend recommendations are nice to know about, I just downloaded 2 new books on my ereader for this reason.

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  7. My girls and I watched it several years ago, at Karen Andreola's house. I really liked it. I'll have to watch it again.

    Deanna

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  8. I have never seen this movie. Would I like it? Set in Italy? On the coast? I'm sure I would! I'll look for it! I just recently watched Ever After and it's one of my all time favorites now! Have you seen it? It's beautiful! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  9. No, I have not seen Enchanted April. I can see I need to remedy that. It sounds like a movie I would enjoy and the scenery looks gorgeous. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Thanks, too, for the little glimpses of the offerings at the gift shop. I love the inspiration that can be found in these types of shops. That bluebird is adorable.

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  10. When I'm asked what my favorite movie is, I always say Enchanted April. I get a strange look in reply! Happy to know I'm not the only one who thinks Enchanted April is the cats pajamas. ;)

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  11. Hmmm... I don't think I have ever seen 'Enchanted April,' but it sounds very intriguing. The ladies look peaceful and relaxed laying by the water - that would be nice to do right now :)

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Wednesday!

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  12. I have not seen this movie but don't have to even wonder if I would like it if it YOUR favorite movie. Believe it or not I had never watched Downton Abbey until you began speaking about it on your blog and it turned into to being one of my favorite TV shows ever. Soo I will be looking for this for sure. I already know that we have very similar tastes in most things, so who knows...could turn into my favorite too. Enjoy your day Vee!

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  13. Vee, I have never seen the movie but it sounds like something I would enjoy. I don't watch a lot of movies but glad to hear it is on Netflix since I subscribe but rarely use it. It sounds pretty much like a chick flick so I just may look it up some weekend when the hubster is working! The little blue bird is adorable to.

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  14. Yes! Many - many times! I find it charming. Sometimes I put it on just to see the rain when we got long periods in Colorado with NO rain. I haven't watched it lately as it rained 4 days in a row - ha!

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  15. Love that movie! Stephanie and I were just talking about it recently.

    I think it is one of those movies you watch when you are young and get something quite different from it when you watch it when you are older (not necessarily old mind you!).

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  16. I've never seen that movie but it sounds like something I'd enjoy. We need to get Netflix. TV is so boring. We are home today after a day in St. Andrews. So many places and people to see in a short time with sis. Have a great day Vee.

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  17. I have seen Enchanted April years ago. I do remember enjoying it but can't tell you why. I'll need to keep an eye out for it. I think our daughter's Netflix acct. is still on our t.v....
    Today we are having a good downpour and some thunder and lightning.

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  18. Oh my interest is piqued just by the photos of the movie!!! It's officially on my list of movies to watch!!!

    Thanks and happy Wednesday!
    Leann

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  19. I haven't seen the movie, but I made a note of the title and will find time to watch it soon. If only my computer/sewing/exercise room had the ability to watch Netflix movies. Hmmm. . .that just might be a plan.

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  20. Hi Vee!

    I haven't seen Enchanted April in a very long time. I need to see it again. I have been working all day and night for days on end, and today is raining..............daughter is coming over in a little while with fiancee to gather up our extra folding chairs and tables for their engagement party this weekend. After that I may just grab a late lunch snack and watch. My body and mind need rest. Thanks for the reminder. been wanting to see this again but forgot I did.

    Hugs.

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  21. I have not seen that movie..I will have to look for it at the library. Thank you for the smiles..Blessings

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  22. I don't think I've seen the movie, but I own the book. A lovely story. I'll be looking on Netflix to see if it's available here. Did you know that Canadian Netflix has different stuff than American?
    The blue bird would look well in my own garden!

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  23. For me, the movie was A Room With A View ... Enchanted April has been in my Netflix queue for quite a while ... it keeps getting bumped lower as other flicks grab my interest ... time to bump it up to #1, I guess!

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  24. I haven't seen it.. A must-see, for sure. I do love a romantic movie...

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  25. Oh thanks for posting this Vee - I must see this film!

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  26. I've just added Enchanted April to my netflix list. Thanks for he suggestion.

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  27. Hello! I did it, I retired! I was retired for about 12 hours, then took another full time job. Now I am a consultant for the Department of Education in Missouri. Still, I hope I can sit down quietly with my blogging friends and catch up. Love the movies post. Movies inspire me in many directions!

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  28. I've not seen the movie- it does sound like a must see.

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  29. I haven't seen the movie but when I leave here, I'm going to put it in my Netflix Queue.
    I LOVE the blue bird for the garden.
    A happy day to you Vee. : )

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  30. Ah yes, Enchanted April! I understand why you love it so much. I watch it once or twice a year I think (bought the DVD first chance I got). Read the book. Found other books by the same author and read them too. I think Enchanted April is her best.

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  31. I'm going to watch it. Never have. Where have I been? !

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  32. Ah, Vee, The movie Under The Tuscan Sun had me craving a trip to Tuscany........I may be finally able to satisfy that craving. But enough said. I don't remember this film, I will have to see it. My dad's name was Salvatore. He went by Sam. :-)

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  33. I've never seen or heard of that movie! Ah, but I am not a big movie buff either. No subscription to Netflix or anything like that.

    Oh, I would have bought that bluebird and a cute garden statuary. And I would have bought a succulent plant for you!

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  34. I've seen Enchanted April at least twice..and even after watching it the second time, I was not all that enchanted by it. However..after reading your review :) I am going to watch it one more time...and if I don't connect with it..then it just was not a movie for me. Sense and Sensibility I have watched...too many times to tell you and each time I love it as much. I suppose it just depends on the person and if they connect with any given movie or book.
    My dearest friend's favorite movie is "Dirty Dancing"...go figure.

    A little bluebird is always welcome...always..

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    1. Perhaps you've never been married to a difficult man. ; >

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  35. I have not seen the movie you write about. I'm not a movie person but I do love a good one, which is why I'm not a movie person because good ones are hard to find. :)

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  36. I've not seen the movie either but sure want to now. I almost always love movies that take place under the tuscan sun.

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  37. Just put both movies on my Netflix list.
    The gift shop looks like a charming place. I have been to many gift shops where I left with no big purchase, but with lots of inspiration!

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  38. Yes, I have that movie, in fact I just watched it again last month!
    I enjoy watching movies with Joan Plowright. Have you seen "Widow's Peak" with her in it? It's a light-hearted comedy with a hint of murder mystery thrown in, even a small scene with the movie "The Ten Commandments". You have to watch these types of movies several times I think to understand all the British accents, but the scenery is beautiful!

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  39. I have never seen Enchanted April, Vee! I'm going to have to see if I can find it. Thanks for the high recommendation.
    I hope you get my comment delivered via email. I keep get notices that my comments aren't being delivered. I'll never understand all this techie stuff!!

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  40. Loved the blue bird... I will look for that movie, but I do not watch much TV put I love seeing the settings of places like Italy and others. Sounds fun! Happy weekend it is almost here...
    Roxy

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  41. Just back home after extremely limited internet access and trying to catch up on the blogs I read......I love the movie Enchanted April and have my own DVD. I would love to have a vacation in such a place in April. What wonderful gardens!

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  42. I did just watch it again a couple of months ago - it really is lovely and I thought the actress Polly Walker who played Caroline was SO gorgeous. Come to find out she's also in the great TV series, Mr. Selfridge, and plays Delphine - and is still beautiful.

    Are you up for a holiday in a small Italian castle my dear? We would have a fabulous time. Calling all 'want to go to Italy' gals!!!!

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Yes, it sounds fabulous; however, then you'd want to share your vacation and so you'd invite your husband and you know how it goes...

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    2. ….but my husband would let me go alone, you know how he's sent me off around the world with Paula, he doesn't mind!!! How about yours? Tell him at this stage of life (well for me I'm older!) he wouldn't have to worry………..would he?

      I planned an entire trip to Tuscany after reading 'Under The Tuscan Sun' - a great book - before the movie came out - the movie was lousy! Frances Mayes lives not far from me here in NC when in the States. We stayed in Cortona and saw Bramasole - from the road. The little town is awesome and I've always wanted to return and taking a cooking course there.

      A gal can dream, right?
      Mary

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    3. Always! My husband would prefer to be included in my plans as I would also prefer to be included in his if he were to decide to take off for Italy for a month.

      Interesting that you have seen the house and that the author lives so close. Have you ever written her a letter?

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  43. I saw "Enchanted April" performed on Broadway years ago! V and I always tried to see one Broadway play around our anniversary and this was playing, maybe 15 years ago? It was wonderful! The actors were very good and the dialogue was very funny at points, which made V very happy as he loves comedy. I loved the beautiful sets the play had. I really must watch the movie and compare!

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    1. Yes, the humor in the book is great. I don't think the movie gets that just right.

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  44. Well I must say I am "shocked" that you lied to us about that movie! ;>) Lol, just kidding. I have seen enchanted April, it was a very good movie!

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  45. I saw this movie a while ago and really liked it. Maybe I'll put it on my queue again.

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Thank you!

DB