LETTERS TO JULIET (2010)
I will definitely watch this.
I am a big fan of fiction. For decades, letters by the thousands have poured into the little town of Verona, all addressed to Juliet, and all seeking advice of the heart. What are not mailed to “Guilietta, Verona, Italy” are placed on the walls of Juliet’s courtyard as they have been for more than a century. Standing guard awaiting her Romeo, a bronze statue of the lady herself brings hope and good fortune to those who touch her right breast. And thanks to Club di Guilietta, for just as many years, volunteers have been collecting these letters of the heart, and in the name of love and promoting the story of Romeo and Juliet, answering each and every one. There is something timeless about love – and even moreso about Juliet’s legend and letters – that transcends the generations and captures and enchants the imagination, so much so that producers Caroline Kaplan and Ellen Barkin were inspired to pursue Juliet’s story, bringing its purity, beauty and romance to life in the very capable hands of director Gary Winick with LETTERS TO JULIET.
Sophie and Victor have it all. Young and in love, their wedding is just around the corner. Both with successful and time consuming careers – Sophie, a fact checker for The New Yorker and aspiring writer, and Victor, an aspiring chef and restauranteur – they decide to take a pre-wedding vacation, spend some time alone, away from work, away from the hustle and bustle of wedding plans. And what better place to go than one of the most romantic places on Earth – Verona, Italy. After all, not only is there beauty and romance, but Victor can check out vendors and wineries as suppliers for his new restaurant.
It doesn’t take long before the beautiful, doe-eyed Sophie realizes that Victor’s sightseeing ideas are all really work related, and not something in which she wants to partake, so she begs to be let off on her own, a fact that doesn’t disappoint Victor. While out strolling along the cobbled streets, Sophie stumbles into the magical courtyard of Juliet. Entranced, she herself – a wannabe writer – sits in the courtyard for hours, looking for her own inspiration. And as she sits, she watches women of all ages, shapes and sizes coming to the courtyard wall and leaving notes behind. At the end of the day, another young woman gathers the notes in a basket and walks away. Intrigued, the journalist in Sophie follows her and finds herself at the office of the Secretaries of Juliet and learns of the legend and their sacred mission.
With nothing to do while Victor is off on his own, Sophie decides to join the ladies and perhaps even answer some letters, but there’s one letter in particular that connects with her. Written in 1951, the letter was stuffed behind a loose rock in the wall, remaining hidden all these years until literally falling into Sophie’s hands. Touched by the words of a young Claire Smith, Sophie is moved by her story of falling in love with a young dashing Italian.