A Second Chance at Love

I recently watched the movie Letters to Juliet. From those of you that haven’t seen it, here is the movie trailer and blurb from the official website:

In Verona, Italy – the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet – there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It’s there that aspiring writer Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter’s author, Claire, now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson, all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own.

“Sorry I’m late.”

“When we speak about love, it’s never too late.”

Claire and Lorenzo after missing their first chance at love, get a second fifty years later. How delicious that the two actors who played them also got their second chance at love.

Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero met in 1967 during the filming of Camelot, she playing Guenevere and he Lancelot. In 1969 they had a son, Carlo. They remained in touch over the years and worked together in several movies, often in relationships with other people. They exchanged vows in 2006, almost 40 years from when they first met.

The chemistry between these two beautiful people is evident on the screen and they portrayed a couple very much in love. Not surprising considering that’s what they are.

In a May 14, 2010 interview written by Susan King in the LA Times:

“I always loved her,” he says.

“I did love him,” adds Redgrave.

“I think when you become a little bit older, I think you become wiser,” says Nero.


Do you like books and movies where after being pulled apart by circumstance, the characters find each other again years later and get a second chance at love?

Can you name any?

17 Comment(s)

  1. Honestly its too early in the morning to think of any couples who met, split and then met again. I didn’t know Redgrave and Nero were involved. What did you think of the movie? It’s on Demand here with Comcast, but I’ve been hesitant about ordering it.

    terri | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I loved the movie, but it is “uber” romantic fluff. The ending could’ve been written better and I didn’t much care for the Taylor Swift song playing, though I like the song AND Taylor Swift. It just seemed a bit much.

    None of that stopped me from ordering it from Netflix to watch a second time even though I’d already seen it at the theater. Who can resist when it’s set in Italy and the heroine wants to be a writer. :)

    Brynna | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. I did know about the real-life love affair and I think the older couple in the movie MAKE the movie! :)

    As for reconnecting . . . these might be some of my favorite types of romances. Judith McNaught’s Paradise comes to mind and a more recent book, Nora Robert’s Black Hills has this motif too.

    My fav Jane Austen novel–Persuasion–is about this very thing.

    Great blog, Laurie. :)

    Brynna | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. What a lovely post, Laurie. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’ve been intrigued by the previews everytime I see it. Fluff isn’t a big hit around here (I’m ruled out 5 to 1). I’ll have to sneak it in. ;) I love stories of second chances. In a way I’m reading one right now. I say in a way because the heroine has no idea that the hero had a thing for her twenty years earlier.

    Renee | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. I loved this movie and learned of the real life love story around the time that it came out. And Nero is still a gorgeous man, no matter his age. I agree about the fluff and the ending but oh, the scenery. *sigh*

    I love reunion stories and I know I’ve read a bunch, but can’t think of one now. Except the ones Brynna mentions. :)

    More coffee and I should be able to name a couple new ones.

    Terrio | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. I’ve heard this story since the release of the movie and I love it. Totally tugs at my romantic heartstrings. *LOL* I just watched the movie over the weekend and enjoyed it immensely. Those two made the movie.

    I hate to mention this story, but in the movie The Notebook, the couple is torn apart and united years later. (Not 40 years later…)

    Hellion | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. I do like old flame stories, but I prefer they be a bit younger when they get together.

    Alice Audrey | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. Terri, Brynna is right, it’s romantic fluff but it’s a feel good movie. I was more into the older couple’s romance and the Juliet letters than what was going on with the younger generation. I’d watch it again though. :)

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. Sure I like reunited love stories. I can think of at least one. ;)

    Great blog, Laurie!

    Anastasia St. James | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. Ooh, Brynna, wasn’t the scenery fabulous?! I’d love the movie just for that alone. After this movie and Under the Tuscan Sun, Italy is high on my to-be-visited places!

    I have another blog, or two, I want to do on Verona and the Juliet letters.:)

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. Renee, I had to sneak it in too. I had it on the netflix list and watched it while dh was gone. This isn’t a movie he’d enjoy so there is no sense in *punishing* him. ;)

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. Terrio, isn’t Nero drool worthy? Maybe it’s my mature years but I think he’s the type of man that just improves with age.

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hellion, I haven’t seen or read The Notebook but I’ve heard that it’s a reunion story. It doesn’t end happily though, does it?

    I agree that Vanessa and Nero made that movie!

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  14. Alice, as I get older, I appreciate the more mature romance. I love the lines “Sorry I’m late.” and “When we speak about love, it’s never too late.” Nero added those lines to the script and when they were edited from the movie, both he and Redgrave insisted they be put back in. I’m glad they did; I loved them.

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  15. Yes, Ana, I can think of that one too. So when is it going to be completed so we can read it? Huh? ;D

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  16. The movie The Notebook doesn’t end badly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not sad. That’s the closest movie to the book I’ve seen from Nicholas Sparks. It’s about real and lasting love through ALL stages of life.

    I adore Italy, but Scotland will forever be my fav. (Of course I haven’t seen Ireland yet.)

    And I’m with you . . . Ana, when do we get to see the next one that will be one of my keepers?

    Brynna | Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

  17. I don’t read Nicholas Sparks, or at least haven’t yet. His books don’t seem like my cup of diet white birch beer.:D

    Scotland is up there at the top with Italy and Ireland is fabulous!

    Laurie Faelan | Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

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