My sister and I were dogsitting last Sunday night and decided on pizza and a movie. We selected Return to Me, a romantic comedy I have seen and always loved. I really enjoyed this viewing. This movie from 2000 starts with a guy played by David Duchovny who deeply loves his wife. She dies and her heart is donated to a woman played by Minnie Driver who was not living life fully. She works in her grandfather's odd Irish-Italian restaurant. The two meet there and their courtship is so sweet. She discovers that she has his late wife's heart and tells him, disappearing immediately after so that he wouldn't be reminded of his tragedy and leaving their future up to him. This is one film I could watch many times. See it if you haven't yet or if you haven't in awhile.
At home on Tuesday evening, I spontaneously rented a movie on Amazon that I've heard good things about, Brooklyn. This romantic drama is fantastic! This is the tale of a young woman who leaves Ireland in the early 1950s for a chance of a better life in America, specifically Brooklyn, among other Irish immigrants. Even though there are negatives, overall she has a pretty good life for an immigrant. Through sponsorship, she had a place to stay, a job, and even night school in the field of her choice. She blossomed, including falling in love with an Italian guy. She has a reason to return to Ireland and goes. While there, her friends and family push an eligible bachelor at her and she falls for him too. Plus, a job in her field is thrown at her as well. There was nothing for her in her native country before, but now suddenly there is. Stuck in between two places and gentlemen, she must decide upon one. The performances are wonderful. Overall, this film is engaging and is simply well done. I highly recommend it.
All things Italian truly inspires how I live my life, so I adore movies with a culture or two emphasized. The Irish and Italian cultures in these particular movies have personal meaning. My sister received her ancestry.com DNA results and it reported that my siblings and I are 47% Irish. Of course, I am 100% Italian at heart!