Not Just Another Chick Flick…
Jane (Kate Bosworth) is an American writer on a business trip to Naples with husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg), an accomplished violist, to do some writing on the history of her grandmother. She’s been struggling over the project and is listening to hours of interviews through headphones a lot of the time. Leonard, there to do a performance, is constantly rehearsing, so Jane wiles away her time on the nearby island of Ischia, after she just decides to head out. She meets the younger Caleb (Jamie Blackley), and spends the whole day with him. Feeling somewhat released, she begins to accept her marriage hasn’t been working for a long time. She miscarried a while back and feels she’s going through it alone as Leonard hasn’t understood what she’s gone through because they simply don’t talk about it, which may even offer closure for the couple, but the wound hasn’t healed yet.
Thanks to meeting Caleb, Jane begins to feel hope once again, and enjoys herself immensely with her new found freedom. Jane must decide if sticking it out with the unloving Leonard is the right choice for her, because they only married for the pregnancy, so without a child, there appears to be little point. This film was one of the better “love triangle” flicks I’ve seen in a while, with some decent direction from talented actor turned director Kat Coiro (A Case of You), with the lovely Kate Bosworth (Black Rock, Superman Returns) performing well as Jane. It’s nice seeing her in more genteel surroundings than being hunted by maniacs, as witnessed not too long ago in Straw Dogs, and the aforementioned Black Rock. Brit Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman) has certainly come a long way in a few short years, and played Caleb convincingly. Don’t make the mistake of taking this for a simple chick flick, because while it does indeed serve that purpose, it’s also much more than simple romance fodder, and by the end, you’ll understand why. With decent characters (apart from Leonard) to keep us interested, this is a film well worth watching, and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
E Blackadder, special to Influx Magazine.