First off, thank you to Luiz Claudio for becoming a follower of my blog!
Girlichef is the host for this month’s movie pick at Food n’ Flix. May’s movie is Under the Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane . Lane plays the part of author Frances Mayes who wrote the best selling memoir about buying a home in Tuscany.
If you’ve read the book you’ll find the movie quite different. It’s advisable to give it time after reading before viewing this movie so you won’t have the comparisons fresh in your mind. The movie scenery is fabulous, making you desire a trip to Italy right away. You can imagine yourself in the warm sun, surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables at the local markets. The wine, the language, the seductively laid-back way of life….bring it on!
When she goes on a spontaneous ride with Marcello she asks him, “Didn’t you have other plans for today? Didn’t you have somewhere to be?” as they enjoy a limoncello.
He tells her yes, he did have plans but they could wait. The spontaneity of this character may be part of the Italian way of life…or it could be he wants to take Frances to bed. Either way, the ability to change plans and adapt for an unexpected situation is refreshing. I am just not that spontaneous....but it's cool to dream of being that way.
Walking through Bramasole before it was purchased and watching the work and improvements was cool – something I think I’d love to do but know I am too lazy to buy a fixer-upper in another country. The idea is appealing – in theory – and maybe it’s something we may have attempted when we were much younger…..yeah, that ship sailed.
A fun movie for ex-pat literature lovers…even though many scenarios were quite implausable. (Such as her expectation that Marcello would wait for her and men chasing her down...yeah.)
Nothing but Italian chow for this movie………….
Zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, yellow squash, lots of garlic, olive oil and onion…………….
Surf over to Food N' Flix and join in. There is a new movie each month :-)
And check out Presto Pasta Nights...for a stunning array of pasta based dishes! Our host this week is Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.
Right...now pass the wine.....