Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun DVD coverIn 2003, Touchstone Pictures turned Frances Mayes’ best selling memoir Under the Tuscan Sun into a film starring Diane Lane and Sandra Oh.  The plot revolves around Lane’s portrayal of Frances as she finds out her husband is having an affair.  This discovery and their subsequent divorce send Frances into a deep depression and she cannot find the passion to write anymore.  Worried about her friend, Oh’s character, Patti, gives Frances a ticket to Italy.  At first, Frances refuses to go but soon she realizes she does need to get away and takes the trip.  Her experiences on the Tuscan countryside are a whirlwind of highs and lows and adjusting to life in a new country where she doesn’t even speak the language presents Frances with no end of complications.  The beautiful cinematography and Frances’ search for fulfillment make this film as rich as the book.