An American writer answers an advertisement from a rare-book store in London and begins a two-decade romance via correspondence with a man in the overseas department. Despite several attempts, they never manage to meet. But she finally makes it to London…
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I really enjoyed this film. It was charming and, at times bittersweet with a lot of humorous moments. I also enjoyed the sets, the cinematography and when Helene looks at we the viewers and speaks to us but she is really speaking to Frank.
There's a distinction between the charm of the original story (made all the more heart-warming by the fact that it was true) vs. the manner in which it is told. Bancroft and Hopkins are magnificent to watch as always, as are the supporting players, but the film -- in and of itself -- is a little thin. Had they included Hanff's sequel of sorts, "The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street", it would have been more complete.
Based on a true story.. Lovely film, I love it. It is simple, honest. With good performances by Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft.
Cinephiliac moment: When Frank Doel (Hopkins) seems to be longing to see Helen (Bancroft) and reads a love poem by W B Yeats
What a touching movie. Bittersweet, nostalgic and sentimental. Great performances and I love the way that so many lives were touched by the simple art of letter-writing - a skill sadly forgotten nowadays.
Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins star in this charming film about an American woman who enjoys a postal friendship with the staff (and one gentleman, in particular) of an English book store.
Sweet & funny & innocent, this also now serves as a reminder of how valuable the personal touch in an increasingly impersonal world.
Moments in which the characters talk directly to camera don't work so well, but the rest does.