Sheltered Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter), holidaying in Florence is kissed by unconventional George Emerson (Julian Sands). Frightened by her confusing feelings for him, she returns to England and accepts stuffy Cecil Vyse's (Daniel Day-Lewis) proposal. When George reappears, Lucy questions her feelings for Cecil.
Forster's novels are seldom transferred well onto the big screen. This movie, however, was an exception. The cast of characters is superb, especially Daniel Day-Lewis. He steals every scene he's in and should have been nominated for best supporting actor that year. As a romance, it's astoundingly successful, and though a period piece, its central philosophy of joy and passion are completely timeless, though maybe too subtle for our somewhat cynical modern intelligentsia/art house crowd, and it's definitely too complex and honest for a typical date movie audience. If, however, you're looking for an intelligent, genuine, well-crafted film that will make you laugh, fall in love with the characters and their time period, and then keep you up at two in the morning... well, this one's worth checking out.
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