Nearest to Heaven (2002)

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A middle-aged Frenchwoman is either experiencing delusions of grandeur or the full force of destiny in director Tonie Marshall's 2002 romantic drama Nearest to Heaven (Au Plus Pres Du Paradis). When single non-fiction book author Fanette (Catherine Deneuve) accidentally bumps into former schoolmate Bernard (Bernard Le Coq) -- who was smitten with Fanette in school but whose affection remained unrequited -- she is reminded of another man whom she loved intensely. This other man, Philippe, left a huge impression on Fanette as she begins to lose herself in reminiscences over the brief, intense relationship the two experienced. After catching a number of screenings for the 1957 film An Affair to Remember -- which was also Fanette and Philippe's favorite film during their fling -- Fanette gets the notion from what may or may not be a figment of her imagination to go to New York and visit the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Setting out under the pretense of putting the finishing touches on her latest book, she arrives in the States and discovers her usual photographer has been replaced by the single and somewhat attractive male photographer Matt (William Hurt) -- which further confuses Fanette when she eventually develops feelings for him. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Bernard Le Coq
as Bernard
Nathalie Richard
as Brigitte
Emmanuelle Devos
as Woman in cinema
Paulina Porizkova
as Mary Rafelson
Francois Arnal
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Nearest to Heaven

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Full Review… | April 16, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Slow and ultimately without much of a point

March 20, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Nearest to Heaven

½

(**): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I think Deneuve is a great actress and she is good for this character. But, the character just annoyed me! I could care less about her love life and I found William Hurt to be out of place in this film. In addition, isn't this just another retread of [i]An Affair to Remember[/i] (which is shown during the film) and [i]Sleepless in Seattle[/i]? In additon, this film moves very slowly and feels like it will never end.

TTT C
TTT C

[font=Arial]'...Nearest to heaven...' a memorable line from the 1957 classic AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is the springboard for this film...Fanette (Deneuve) is a woman living in regret over the fact she failed to commit to the love of her life during the best times of her life...she's haunted by him on every street corner, corridor, & movie theatre...his image seems to be burnt into her head...now after years of waiting & wondering she finally gets a second chance at love... The story is uneven & frustrating...music score is sometimes inappropriate to say the least...it's more of a homage to Deneuve than the wonderful Grant/Kerr film...Yes, Deneuve is stunning & yes, the camera seems to caress her every move & expression...but...she comes across as very cold & distant...uncomfortable mostly...its quite believable men in Fanette's life have thrown themselves at her feet & she just shrugs them off....one of them, Matt (Hurt) is a spontaneous photographer who's unexpectedly become her partner in NYC while she's there on business & a long awaited personal appointment...but it seems his character is written in as filler for someone to bounce Deneuve's dialogue off of... Overall: Even if your a Catherine Deneuve fan as I am, you might want to skip this one... [/font]

Billy. Le.
Billy. Le.

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