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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)



Critic Consensus: Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.

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Frances Mayes is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti, is beginning to think that she might never recover. "Dr. Patti's" prescription: 10 days in Tuscany. It's there, on a whim, that Frances purchases a villa named Bramasole--literally, "something that yearns for the sun." The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a new beginning than the home of the Renaissance? As she flings herself into her new life at the villa in the lush Italian countryside, Frances makes new friends among her neighbors; but in the quiet moments, she is fearful that her ambitions for her new life--and new family--may not be realized, until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms of an intriguing Portobello antiques dealer named Marcello. Even as she stumbles forward on her uncertain journey, one thing becomes clear: in life, there are second chances.

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Diane Lane
as Frances
Sandra Oh
as Patti
Lindsay Duncan
as Katherine
Raoul Bova
as Marcello
Anita Zagaria
as Fiorella
Evelina Gori
as Nona Cardinale
Mario Monicelli
as Old Man with Flowers
Claudia Gerini
as Signora Raguzzi
Don R. McManus
as Nasty Man
Matt Salinger
as Colleague
John Radzik
as San Francisco Guy
Geoffrey Rivas
as Head Mover
Jack Kehler
as Apartment Manager
Dan Bucatinsky
as Tour Member Rodney
Sean Kaplan
as Seat Mate
Jeffery Jones
as Gay Tourist
Giuseppe Buondonno
as Gay Tourist
Vittorio Pecchillo
as Gay Tourist
Andrea Saran
as Gay Tourist
Giulia Bernardini
as Gay Tourist
Marco Fubini
as Rome Man No. 1
Davide Paganini
as Rome Man No. 2
Malva Guicheney
as Gianni's Daughter
Marit Nissen
as German Woman
Ralph Palka
as German Man
Marco Bonini
as Dinner Guest
Salvatore Lazzaro
as Contractor No. 1
Sandro Dori
as Contractor No. 2
Marcello Marziali
as Contractor No. 3
Domenico Gennaro
as Marcello's Cousin
Romina Cansanella
as Marcello's Niece
Emiliano Novelli
as Positano Policeman
Francesca Petrucci
as Choir Singer
Chiara Porti
as Signor Martini's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (44)

Not much for teens in this book adaptation.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

And while the movie gets a bit too cute and cloying at times, especially when it dips into tired sentimentality, Lane carries it all marvelously, lighting up the screen with one of the year's best performances.

December 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The epitome of what a feel-good movie is supposed to be but rarely is, this one is beautiful to look at and life-affirming to think about, and it doesn't have a pretentious bone in its head.

October 16, 2003
Top Critic

The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.

September 29, 2003 | Full Review…

... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.

September 29, 2003

Like the crumbling Italian villa at the center of this story, there is a lot wrong with the movie, but it is so enticing -- especially for its intended audience -- that it is hard to resist.

September 28, 2003 | Rating: B
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Audience Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun


Diane Lane raises this heart-warming film above average in a very adorable performance that conveys with a lot of sensitivity the pangs of depression and yearning to start over, helping make this the kind of feel-good story that is even more enchanting thanks to the beauty of its locations.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is a cliched and silly chick flick, but the performances are not too bad, and the scenery is quite nice. It's not terrible, but it's also not really my type of movie. Having been to Tuscany though, I can say this movie actually meant something to me, and hell, it's a bit entertaining, and surprisingly not boring. Again though, this film really didn't stand out for me.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Cliched, but thankfully not too boring. It's been said that the movie is hardly similar to the memoir on which it's based, and that the memoir in itself (which includes recipes for most of the part) is quite boring (why am I not surprised?). Nevertheless, it was a NYT BS for more than 2 years!!! When I finished watching the movie, I was quite disappointed. But when I realized that it's based on such a boring (surely, some people will have a contradictory opinion) memoir, I felt somewhat relieved. Although (or should is be "Since") the movie had *several* cliches thrown in, and a love story added to heighten the dramatic effect, it still failed to rise above the average fare. Can't recommend.

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familiar stranger

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