Enchanted April (1992 film)
|Enchanted April (1992 film)|
|Directed by||Mike Newell|
|Written by||Peter Barnes|
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Edited by||Dick Allen|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their rainy, grey environments to go on holiday in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. Having decided to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester. The four women come together at the castle and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love.
- Josie Lawrence as Lottie Wilkins
- Miranda Richardson as Rose Arbuthnot
- Polly Walker as Caroline Dester
- Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fisher
- Alfred Molina as Mellersh Wilkins
- Jim Broadbent as Frederick Arbuthnot
- Michael Kitchen as George Briggs
The film was shot on location at Castello Brown in Portofino, Italy; the same castle where the author of the book stayed in the 1920s. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett, featuring winsome flute and oboe themes, effectively evokes the film's mood and accentuates the story's sentimentality and nostalgia.
The film gained a positive reaction from critics and currently holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.
The film was also mentioned in the documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talking About Him)? by Nilsson's wife, Una, as it was the last film they both watched in bed together the night Nilsson died on 15 January 1994.
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Miranda Richardson)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Joan Plowright)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Peter Barnes)
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Joan Plowright)
- Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Sheena Napier)
- Official website
- Enchanted April at the Internet Movie Database
- Enchanted April at Rotten Tomatoes
- Enchanted April at Box Office Mojo
- The Enchanted April at Project Gutenberg