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RETURN TO ME

USA, 2000 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Bonnie Hunt

Bob (David Duchovny) is a construction worker, happily married to Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), a celebrated zoologist. Living in a luxurious apartment, they seem to have it all. Suddenly, Elizabeth is killed in a car accident and her heart is donated to an organ transplant pool. Grace (Minnie driver) is a plucky waitress at her Irish grandfather's Italian bistro. However, she suffers from a cardiac condition. A little time in the future and Grace is up and about, and time has begun to heal Bob's grief. One they meet...

Unabashedly romantic, Return to Me is a throwback to the comedies of the 30s and 40s, when Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant reigned supreme. What elevates this film from the crowd is the inviting atmosphere and the believability of the characters. Duchovny and Driver have chemistry to burn and the combination of romantic comedy that rides on a touch of fantasy attains a touching inspirational tone.

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