“Letters to Juiet” – The movie

Unlike other romantic movies which look like a schmaltzy romance, a kind of celluloid goo that doesn’t resonate five minutes after watching it, something about LETTERS TO JULIET allows you to be swept away. The tenderness of the love story wrapped itself around my heart and I found myself enchanted over the next few hours.

The movie is a travelogue of the lush Italian countryside as much as it is a romantic comedy about characters who follow their hearts and have grand adventures. As the movie gets into motion, lo and behold! you will find yourself following the film’s characters through Italy’s countryside in the search for one true love.

It’s a story about unrequited or interrupted love…about a romantic tradition in which lovers all over come to one site to leave letters for Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet). It is believed that in 19th century, people of Verona indicated a house as the residence of Juliet from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Later, in 1937, it became a tradition to go to Juliet’s grave in Verona and leave Juliet a letter about one’s love problems. In 1990s the amount of letters reached astronomical proportions and a group of volunteers, who call themselves “Club di Giulietta,” aka “Juliet’s secretary” (yes, they exist in real life, too) took it upon themselves to answer each and every letter that’s left for Juliet.

Dear Claire.

What and if are two words as non-threatening as words can be , but put them together side by side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. What if . What if .What if! . I don’t know how your story ended. But i know that if what you felt then was true love then it’s never to late . If it was true then why wouldn’t it be true now . You need only the courage to follow your heart.

Love, Juliet

I think most women understand that “WHAT IF?” is one of the hardest things to live with and sometimes no matter the consequence you just HAVE to do the “what if” and find the answer. Whatever that answer may be.

It is a classic tale that will win your heart by showing you historic and unique views of the Italian countryside and inspiring you with sweet and hilarious romance. It also shows you that everyone is charming and unique no matter what misfortunes they have endured! An idealistic love story in a stunningly beautiful place. Verona and the Tuscan countryside are so gorgeous, it made me google Verona and long to pack my bags and go. (I am looking forward to read the book which inspired this movie!). The movie makes you believe that love can come in many different ways and at different stages of life. It’s the kind of movie that makes you either want to call up an old flame that got away if you are single, or take a trip to Italy with your significant other; either way, it inspires good times to be had.

The idea with which we see things around us, cause us to change and grow, that often we need to allow others to show us the way and sometimes we have to make mistakes in order to realise where our passions really lie. Love really does have no age, a message which the two parallel love stories remind us of so clearly. If only my last year’s tragic episode wouldn’t have taken my ability to believe in love..*sigh*

Curl up with a box of chocolates. This movie will move you to tears more than once, and a movie which gives everybody hope that true love never fades and celebrates the basic good that lies within us all. The search is a search for love eternal, and one that the audience goes along with her, with bated breath, waiting to see if she finds her lost love, and cheering her every step of the way.

P.S. And don’t you dare squash it with an “it’s predictable” – these types of movies are not mysteries, that’s not why we watch them.

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