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At Last (2005)

At Last

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Thirty years after realizing that they had they had both found that rare once in a lifetime love, a man and a woman separated by fate decide to take a second shot at romance despite the fact that both had moved on with their lives a long time ago. As children growing up together in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Mark and Sara were inseparable. As teens it just seemed that the two adolescents were just really close friends, but when Mark's family moves to New Orleans in the early 1970s the letters that he and Sarah exchange reveal that their true feelings for one another run far deeper. Though their love is vividly expressed in a pair of intensely heartfelt letters, any chance for romance is effectively destroyed when Mark's meddling mother Carole (Brooke Adams) intercepts the letters and hides them from her son. Mistakenly believing that each has rejected the other's love, Mark and Sara both manage to move on with their lives despite their initial devastation. Years later, Mark and Sara are both in their forties, living in different cities and locked in unhappy marriages - Mark to a career-driven psychiatrist named Laura (Jessica Hecht) and Sara to struggling alcoholic named Chris (Michael Arata). Mark feels like his life has become hollow, and spends the majority of his time confiding his true feelings in his older brother Earl (M.C. Gainey), an eccentric French Quarter artist. But one day, when Mark discovers the letters that had been hidden by his mother, he sees the opportunity for a new life of happiness and contacts Sara to tell her the truth. The moment the two make contact, it's as if they were both transported back to that special time when nothing else mattered aside from their growing feelings for one another. Neither Mark nor Sara are particularly happy with the way their lives have turned out, and excitedly make plans to rendezvous in New Orleans. Could it be that Mark and Sara were truly meant to be with one another, or did their one chance at a lifetime of happiness actually end with the hiding of those passionate correspondences so many moons ago?more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug use and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Anton, Sandi Russell
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Cast

Kelly Lynch
as Sara Wood
M.C. Gainey
as Earl Singleton
Jessica Hecht
as Laura Singleton
Brooke Adams
as Carol Singleton
Marco St. John
as Frank Singleton
Siri Baruc
as Kate Wood
Michael Arata
as Chris Wood
Amelia Turner
as Katharine Singleton
Alex Beck
as Young Mark
Shannon Floyd
as Young Sara
Lara Grice
as Denise
Will Schierhorn
as Luke Singleton
Martin Donovan
as Mark Singleton
Marco St. John
as Frank Singleton
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Critic Reviews for At Last

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

Tedious and utterly lacking in dramatic tension.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

You might buy it if the film convinced you this was a love story for the ages, that Sara and Mark are so made for each other it would be a crime against heaven if they weren't together. But it doesn't.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The sheer convenience of the situations and characters involved ultimately undermines its impact.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Detroit News
Top Critic

At Last would work a lot better with genuine chemistry between the leads, and maybe a bit more humor.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 27, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

...it's encouraging that a film of such competence and professional virtues could be realized outside the Hollywood industrial complex.

Full Review… | May 15, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for At Last

[font=Arial]At Last? is director Tom Anton?s labor of love. For ten years he has been writing and rewriting the script which he finally got to shoot in New Orleans in 2004, just months before Hurricane Katrina. When George Lucas failed with his first feature film, ?THX-1138?, he was given some very good advice. Francis Ford Coppola sat the talented young director down and told him that he needed to do something small, something that was very personal to him. The product of this conversation was arguably Lucas? best directorial effort, ?American Graffiti?. Anton, a first time filmmaker, seems to have picked up this same advice along the way to making ?At Last?, as the film is a very personal tale based on the story of how he and his current wife, who co-wrote the project, were separated and reunited over twenty five years. Though the sentiment and idea is present in ?At Last?, the film can come across at times as trite and a bit too corny for its own good. [/font]

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