An aristocratic but penniless English widow, Mary Penton (Thomas) is a guest at the estate of Princess San Ferdinando (Bancroft) near Florence in 1938. A stuffy British gentleman, Sir Edgar Swift (Fox), newly appointed governor of Bengal, courts but does not excite her. She is taken by a young refugee violinist, spends a night with him and then casts him off, with dire results. An American playboy (Penn) flirts with her and helps her avoid trouble with the local fascist authorities. This 2000 film, created by the same brother-sister team that made the superior "Angels and Insects," has much the same flavor as "Tea With Mussolini," and despite some fine acting, comes across as a bit languid, never achieving quite the level of magic of "Enchanted April." Jacobi is lovely as a breezy if nervous queen.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus