Part of the independent films released under the Harlequin banner, this film is way more poignant that I’d expect. But fortunately, it’s also pretty cute, too.
The Art of Falling in Love (2019) TV Film Review
Travelling from place to place is the only way for Vanessa (Kimberly Sue Murray) to be sure she has no place to call home. She travels with a kind of daredevil attitude inspired by her list of dreams. She moves from place to place to paint murals, only this time, life starts to get fuller. After a chance encounter with the architect Nate (Josh Dean), on the hospital project of her latest mural, she’s caught off guard.
Nate is kind and good, and he makes her laugh in spite of herself. She however has no plans to stay put, especially as she doesn’t live by having a future and Nate, is trying to heal from a heartbreaking divorce. Tentatively they begin to form a friendship, but they may find their pasts lead their possible future.
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Like so many other films, this is one I delayed watching. As to the reason why, I don’t know. While I’m kind of sad I did wait this long to see this, it’s worth that wait. The Art of Falling In Love is a charming romance with a more conscious backstory for its main characters. The one glaring flaw it has is in Vanessa’s attitude regarding a choice Nate makes later. It’s really completely unfair of her considering the secrets she chooses to keep.
Beyond this, the film is GOOD. It keeps us on an edge because of the way it starts before finishing in a way that will make anyone smile. The plot is charming and I love the color Vanessa’s artistic personality adds. Kimberley is also really good in the role and I like the sweet chemistry that forms between the characters. Additionally, another plus is the timeframe! They say that several weeks pass which can really mean whatever you want, but as someone who wants a romance to have time, I interpret this as more than a month.
There’s so much joy and fun about this film. It’s the kind that makes you smile silly throughout, oh and there’s an adorable rabbit, too!
You can find The Art of Falling in Love digitally on Amazon Video with an UPTV subscription; or find on DVD.
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Content: This one is PG, and aside from some adult themes (like illness and death), there’s nothing worth a mention.
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