this is a film i have been dying to see since i saw the advertisements for it many moons ago. and i love love. and love stories. and while i was hoping to have a bright star experience, i found the acting and storyline to be...a little...bland? and all the "complicated" twists and turns within the love triangle, or ummm, love polygon... it just didn't win my heart. but i did fall for the clothing, props, and interiors! i felt like i was living in chelsea fuss's house with haylie waring's wardrobe. in fact, i think the cardigans were the main stars of this film!
caitlin and vera's friendship isn't exactly heart-warming. unusual, definitely. stylish, absolutely. i felt like i was watching a fashion editorial featuring a pair of giddy 1940s school girls painting england and wales red. their wardrobes make me long for fall! thick ribbed tights, chunky hand-knitted irish grandma sweaters, and silk floral bias-cut dresses. oh, and kimonos! all the boudoir scenes left me with a hankerin' for a delicate silk kimono. kinda weird since i have NEVER had any interest in owning a little kimono robe. and sienna wears some fantastic hats!
their welsh farmhouses might be the real leading ladies of this film. hubba hubba. the interiors made me melt. the white wainscoting, etched mirrors, wallpaper everywhere, dried flowers, rough-hewn tables, weathered leather club chairs... oh i could keep rambling on.
and all the props. really?! really?! i felt like i was flipping through a toast catalogue. heavenly. the colors and patterns of this film are sensational. such a gloomy palette of mustard yellows, hazels, cornflower and periwinkle blues, muddled greys, oxblood reds, and drab olives. a perfect welsh fall color story. yum.
well this film taunted me with fall. my favorite season. here in georgia that ain't happenin' for at least 2-3 more months. for now it is just record-breaking heat indexes. and hateful humidity. sob.