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'Enchanted April'

August 21, 1994|Michael Wilmington

This popular 1992 English film slides us back to a summery British past of literary epigrams and romantic yearning. It's a movie about a vacation--a perfect dream holiday--where all discontent is finally banished in a Portofino villa shimmering with erotic energy and floral splendor. Based on a 70-year-old novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim, it's a pure wish-fulfillment story, but there's an acid edge to it. The villa's four women vacationers initially seem a mismatch--a desperately optimistic type (Josie Lawrence) and her new straight-arrow acquaintance (Miranda Richardson) and their new companions, an elderly literary snob (Joan Plowright) and an idle rich beauty (Polly Walker) (TMC Thursday at 6:25 p.m.).

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