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VERY THOUGHT OF YOU, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Martha (Monica Potter), a young American woman is flying to London with just a few dollars, to start a new life. At the airport, she meets Daniel (Tom Hollander) on his way home to London from a music industry related business trip. When she doesn’t turn up at a planned lunch in London, he’s devastated. He complains to his two best friends, Frank (Rufus Sewell) and Laurence (Joseph Fiennes). But by chance, Frank, an out of work actor, also meets Martha, at a London park, and the rivalry and conflicts that have marked Frank and Daniel’s relationship escalates. If that weren’t enough, something that happened when Daniel and Martha arrived at London airport finally delivers the coup de grace to Daniel’s hopes of romance with Martha.

"The synposis above is the most you should try and know about this film before you see it: one of the great joys of the film is the constantly refreshing directions the script takes, and like an elaborate joke, it unfolds best if you know little about it. Monica Potter, a little reminiscent of Julia Roberts in looks and speech, is perfect as the accidental heroine, both in her sense of comedy and her vulnerable sensibilities. The male trio matches her for performance power, making this one of the top romantic comedies around. Working with a well honed script that gives as much depth as it does humour, Nick Hamm’s direction is fluid, assured and right on the button. And London is photographed – for once – as a reasonably civilised metropolis. Pity about the new title…."
Andrew L. Urban

"Sassy, sexy and totally enchanting, The Very Thought of You, is a delightful, offbeat romantic comedy with a difference. The plot that entwines the central characters in a human drama of comedic proportions is executed with flair and is compulsive viewing. As for the cast – they are inspired. Joseph Fiennes shows himself to be, yet again, an appealing romantic lead, with his long black eyelashes a flutter and his heart on his sleeve. Monica Potter is no doubt tired of being compared with Julia Roberts; in truth, she looks, sounds and delivers her line just like her better known counterpart. But to be fair to Potter, she has great presence, good comedic timing, and looks to have a promising future. Rufus Sewell, with his brooding good looks and Tom Hollander, playing a Martin Short type of role, fill their roles effectively; the three leading men are strong by their very differences. It's not predictable, nor is it tried and true. Refreshing, funny, charming and quite captivating, The Very Thought of You is a fresh and honest charmer, a warm, witty feel-good experience that will make your smile linger."
Louise Keller

"The idea is the stuff of wonderfully inventive romantic cinema - then why is the result so insipid? It's hard to believe that a film with such wonderful potential is so inexorably dull, so lifeless and lacking in any kind of sustained energy. To begin with, the film's three male characters are such a wimpy, boorish and unexciting trio that the film's whole premise is unfathomable to begin with. Why any intelligent thinking female would want to spend time with such a self-flagellating, morose group is anyone's guess. All three characters, without exception, are underwritten as well as one-dimensional bores, played with insufferable indifference by a trio of actors capable of better. Of course, let's not forget our simpering heroine fleeing America for London without a plausible explanation. As played by Monica Potter, the character lacks direction, and Potter, attempting to look, act and smile like a poor person's Julia Roberts, ought to consider another profession. Add to that the uninspired direction of Nick Hamm, and the result is a film that could have been truly special, but is a meandering bore in which little happens."
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

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THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU(M15+)
(aka Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence)
(UK)

CAST: Monica Potter, Rufus Sewell, Tom Hollander, Joseph Fiennes, Ray Winstone

DIRECTOR: Nick Hamm

PRODUCER: Grainne Marmion

SCRIPT: Peter Morgan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Johnson

EDITOR: Michael Bradsell

MUSIC: Ed Shearmur

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Max Gottlieb

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: REP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 6, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: Sept 15

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Becker







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