With chaos tearing her family apart, Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) takes a weekend job at her friend’s coastal North Carolina inn, but when a hurricane hits and strands the only guest, surgeon Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), Adrienne’s life changes forever. As the storm rages outside, Adrienne connects with Flanner, who came to the retreat to escape a personal crisis. Scott Glenn co-stars in this intimate drama based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.
There is something about being by the ocean that is so therapeutic. I like going to the beach as it is the only place I know of where people seem happy. The North Carolina location shots capture the tone of this movie.
I enjoy movies where I can relate to the main characters. I have met many wounded women like Adrienne Willis over the years. I have told them all the same thing Richard Gere says here “any man who doesn’t realize how lucky he is to be with you is a fool.” Granted I do not look like Richard Gere or am I a doctor but I hope I made a few people feel better with my comment. I meant it every time I said it.
This movie is a drama. It is about life and death. It is about relationships that build you up and relationships that tear your down. You may want Kleenex for this one.
This one hit home for me on two different levels. First back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s a co-worker went in for cosmetic surgery and didn’t come back. I don’t think anyone at work ever talked to her including me. I could have at least once asked her how her weekend was. Second I know what it is like to lose someone close and know I mattered.
I am giving this one 3.6 stars. It reminded me that I am not getting off this planet alive and need to appreciate every moment. I do not think younger viewers will like this one but the over forty crowd might. There were some scenes that were not necessary but still a good short movie.
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All the best,
The Film Movie Critic