Amanda Seyfried is finally a successful enough leading lady to carry a film all on her own, and her new movie, Letters to Juliet, features her name alone above the title. It's a big step for any actress, so a lot is riding on this movie for Amanda.
Just as in her last big movie, Dear John, Amanda plays a character whose path to love centers on those old timey things people used to write to each other called letters. This time, Amanda is Sophie, who's on vacation with her fiancé Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) in Verona. He's a restaurateur scouting for recipes and wine, and his business adventures leave Sophie all alone and looking for company. She finds herself spending afternoons with a group of women charged with responding to love letters written to Shakespeare's fictional heroine, Juliet. Sophie writes back, decades later, to a woman who left Italy and her true love Lorenzo behind. Her advice is so inspiring that the woman, widowed Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), turns up to track down the man of her dreams — if he's still alive.
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