Letters to Juliet

The movie begins with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) walking through downtown New York on the phone trying to track down several individuals to see where they were on the day they found out WWII was over. She has a picture in her hand of the famous kiss that took place between a sailor and a nurse and shes trying to confirm if it was staged or spontaneous. As shes in Times Square where the picture was taken she finds the right person who can verify her question. She meets with her boss at the New Yorker who asks her to be very certain that this information is correct, which she is, and he compliments her on her work. She asks him if she can start to submit some stories to him as she really wants to write, but he says shes such a good fact checker that there is no need to want for more. He then asks her about the trip she is leaving for. Sophie and her fiancé Victor (Gael Garcia Bernal) are leaving on a pre-honeymoon trip to Verona Italy because her fiancé will be opening up a restaurant in a few weeks and there will be no time after the wedding to leave. She heads to the restaurant to find Victor unhappy because she cant write like she wants to, and finds instead of him packing, hes in the kitchen reinventing the noodle. Shes annoyed because he hasnt packed and theyre leaving for Italy in 12 hours, but he sweeps her off her feet and makes her smile and forgives him. They fly to Italy and are staying in a hotel in Verona with a small balcony. They are both so excited to be there but for different reasons. Victor has been called by his manager who has arranged for him to meet with some of their suppliers while hes there and they spend the first day traipsing around the country side meeting with suppliers at the wineries, and in the cheese shops. Victor speaks fluent Italian and Sophie doesnt, so shes left out of most of the conversations. Shes getting more and more visibly annoyed and finally snaps a little when Victor says that they are now ready to go on to the forest 125 kilometers away to see his truffle supplier. Sophie says she doesnt want to go, and wants to do some sightseeing with him, but Victor really only cares about the food. He gives her guilt saying that hell do what she wants even though its obvious that its not what he wants and she relents and offers to go sightseeing alone while he goes onto see the truffles himself. He claims its a Win-Win situation but Sophie isnt sure. We later see Sophie wandering through the streets of Verona by herself and she stumbles upon a tiny alleyway where theres a crowd of people standing there. Its the alley outside of the balcony made famous by William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet and its known as Juliets balcony. There are lots of people there, especially young women and girls writing letters which they pin on the wall for Juliet. Sophie stops one girl whos sobbing and asks if shes ok, and the girls speaking only Italian makes it clear that her heart has been broken. Sophie stays to write, and spots a woman taking down all of the letters and putting them into a basket, taking them with her. Sophie is curious and she follows the woman to a house several doors down and discovers a group of women in an office known as the Secretaries of Juliet. They take down the letters each day and write back offering advice and comfort. Sophie is so intrigued and fascinated she stays for the day learning about them. Shes invited to stay for dinner by one of the women but she says she needs to get back to Victor who will be missing her. The mother of one of the women sends her back with dinner for them both. She goes to the hotel to tell Victor about her find, but he cant concentrate on what shes saying, hes too busy smelling and then enjoying the food shes brought back with her. He goes with her the next day to meet the woman who prepared the food and tells Sophie that he really wants to stay to learn how to cook from her. Sophie is disappointed once again but is excited to spend the day with the secretaries of Juliet seeing what they do. As shes helping that afternoon take down the letters on the wall she comes across a hole in the wall where a letter has been left more than 50 years ago. Its from a young British girl who writes that she left her love Lorenzo Bartollini and didnt run away with him as she had promised she would. She asks Juliet for guidance but until now the letter hasnt been seen. Sophie is moved by the letter and insists that she must write back. She spends all day perfecting her words and sends the letter out.

Claire scolds him and says that in Sophies case it was worse. They show a montage of clips as they meet different Lorenzo Bartollinis and each time its not the right man. and what would she know about loss. They ask where their father is and are told that hes out riding and will be back soon. Sophie introduces herself to Charlies annoyance and she and Claire become quick friends. but Charlie refuses saying that shes done enough. She looks like shes seen a ghost and says that the young man IS her Lorenzo. as she would love to write a story abut it all. and that he doesnt want to go. and Sophie tells why she is clinging to Victor so hard (mother walked out on her and her dad when she was very little). Sophie deduces that they must be his children and grandchildren. they discover that he recently died and Claire is obviously upset because she has no way of knowing if it was her Lorenzo. However most are very attracted to Claire and offer that they would be happy to be her Lorenzo whenever she likes. and angrily leaves. Meanwhile Charlie has taken a very big interest in Sophie and tries to spend more time with her each day. Sophie desperately wants to meet Claire (Vanessa Redgrave). because her mother chose to leave her. They have dinner that night all together where Claire reveals she has come to find Lorenzo and apologize for being such a coward. and meet a man called Lorenzo Bartollini but hes not the right Lorenzo. meaning that he doesnt want to leave her. Charlie takes his anger out on Sophie and says that its all her fault. Charlie gets excited and joins Sophie as another man comes up and asks whats going on and says that HIS name is Lorenzo Bartollini. She suggests that they go and get a bottle of wine at a vineyard that they pass by to prolong their journey from ending. Each night they return to a local Hotel in Sienna where they regroup and Sophie and Charlie come to a truce and then eventually a better understanding of one another as they reveal why Charlie is so protective of his grandmother. Charlie is worried about this plan. but she is sorry that they are leaving. and map them out throughout Tuscany since Claire is certain that he would never have left the area. She joins him and tells him that shes not sorry that she sent the letter. He explains his parents were killed in a plane crash when he was young. Charlie says the same thing. and we see that Claire has been watching from her window the whole time. They are quiet as they return to the hotel that night and Charlie says that its time to go home. He tells her that if she doesnt want him to go he wont go. Sophie calls Victor each night but hes distant and uninterested in what shes doing and keeps adding just a few more days to his trip to do more of the things for his restaurant. Claire begs them to leave before he returns. Sophie is shocked that it found her. They regroup and try to narrow down how many there are. Charlie doesnt know whether or not to say anything. but its obvious hes already made up his mind. and shows that she still has the ring he gave her. and the man turns out to be her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) who has come with his grandmother on her journey. Charlie and Sophie try to convince her but she hears the sounds of hooves and watches as HER Lorenzo (Franco Nero) shows up on horseback. However as they look for one Lorenzo Bartollini. her mother didnt die. Charlie and Sophie argue but Claire says that she would love for Sophie to come with her. The next morning they are all quiet and Claire tries to lighten the mood and encourage them to not be afraid of their feelings. she just left. They drive to the village where Claire first met Lorenzo. That night Sophie comes out to speak with Charlie whos lying on the ground looking at the stars.She returns to the hotel and Victor tells her about this amazing opportunity he has to go to a Wine Auction for several days but he can only get one ticket. Lorenzo invites them all for dinner and they visit and catch up while Charlie and Sophie try not to . She tells him to go and he tells her that she can stay and write with the women and do her thing and its a Win-Win situation again. As they drive through the vineyard Claire spots a young man working in the fields and she begs them to stop the car. Several days later Sophie is sitting with the Secretaries and a man comes in asking who wrote the letter to Claire. His son and Grandson tell him her name and its clear that he remembers her very well and they embrace while Charlie and Sophie look on. but Sophie asks if she can come along. He kisses her and she kisses him back and then suddenly realizes what shes doing and gets up and goes inside. Sophie goes to ask him his name and its Lorenzo Bartollini. Sophie follows him to meet Claire who has been waiting under Juliets balcony in the alleyway.

and comes out standing atop a balcony above him. He looks very happy to see her and she starts to tell him why shes there when shes interrupted by a woman named Patricia. As he chases her behind the building but she seems to have disappeared. She agrees and as hes leaning in to kiss her the vine hes climbing snaps and he falls to the ground. Lorenzo reveals that he lost his Rose (wife). and he asks her if anyone saw him fall. Sophie is overjoyed that hes printing her story and he asks her if she has any more for him. Everyone applauds the letter and Sophie smiles and excuses herself from the reception. As they are enjoying the reception Sophie is struggling not to cry while watching Charlie when Claire interrupts and asks if she can read aloud the response that Sophie sent to her. missing the fact that Victor gets interrupted by a phone call again and walks away from Sophie who looks miserable. He asks her where she wants to live and talks about how London is wonderful and he can make her happy there but if she wants to live in New York then he will be more than happy moving there so long as he can be with her. Sophie heads to the restaurant where she proceeds to tell Victor that she will be going to the wedding but alone. Charlie looks on in disbelief as she leaves and his grandmother asks what hes waiting for. and he thanks Sophie for making it all happen. Back in New York Sophie is showing her story about the letter to her boss who is enthralled and wants to know what happened next. He decides that he cant ruin her happiness and he drives away. The letter is wonderfully written and centers around the words What if and encourages her to follow her dreams. She heads inside and watches as Lorenzo marries Claire. She has received a wedding invitation from Claire and Lorenzo for the wedding that weekend in Sienna and Claire has included the letter that Sophie found that started it all. She tearfully tells him that she broke up with Victor because shes in love with him but that since hes with Patricia now she wishes him well. just as she lost her Jack (husband) but that Destiny must have wanted them to get together.look at each other at the table. and sees her on the balcony hugging Victor who is happy to see her. He tries to protest but she breaks things off with him and heads home to pack for her journey leaving him alone in his kitchen. Charlie notices that shes upset and follows her. Sophie is uncomfortable being around Charlie and asks Lorenzo for a ride from one of his sons back to Verona. . She arrives at the wedding looking for Charlie and surprises him that she came. She looks up to see the whole wedding party looking on but lies and tells him no as she kisses him. Sophie rushes to him and asks if hes ok. She asks what her boss thinks and he tells her to buy stock in the Italian Airlines because of the number of women who will be flocking to Verona. who Sophie believes is his date. Charlie interrupts saying that Patricia is his cousin. and how many Sophies does he think hell meet? He drives back to Verona meaning to confront her about his feelings for her. She is on her way out with her friend to lunch to celebrate when she is handed her messages and mail by the receptionist. not his date and proceeds to climb up the balcony to Sophie telling her that hes in love with her too. Sophie sadly says that she didnt stay in touch.

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