Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson stars as Jeremy, a British book editor and aspiring writer seeking a new lease on life, in Shadows in the Sun, an uplifting drama from ABC Family. Sent by his employer to Tuscany to elicit a new book from dried-up (and cantankerous) exiled author Weldon Parrish Harvey Keitel, Jeremy soon finds himself smitten with Weldon's daughter Isabella (Claire Forlani) and gradually connects with Weldon despite the man's initial resistance. Soon, the two men begin encouraging each other to write as romance flowers between Jeremy and Isabella. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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OK - so I got this because John Rhys-Davies is in it. His Gimli and Sallah performances were memorable. The problem is that he has a part that's only slightly above cameo appearance.
Usually we give movies 20 minutes before we decide that it's worth devoting the full 2 hours to watching. I agree that the publisher (Davies) sent the agent (Jackson) to persuade the famous author (Keitel - one book makes you famous? or a one hit wonder) to write another.
The plot is predictable, the acting wooden at times, and the climax was unconvincing but our expectations were exceeded by more than normal.
We felt all warm and fuzzy afterwards.
We watched it all the way through and were happy that we did.
The extra features were unremarkable though.
For a similar movie with better acting try Jean Reno in "For Rosanna." The plot's different than this one but seeing Reno in a dramatic role is nice. Highly recommended.
I saw this movie on the airplane going to California. I have rented it twice since. It was a real treat to see a movie with a love story where the characters are real. There is humor and serious decisions we all make in life. Rent it and watch it with someone you love.