Older audiences are bound to be enchanted by director John Irwin's buoyantly funny romantic
comedy. For one thing the genteel pre-World War II setting, an elegant Lake Como resort, is
a pleasure to behold. For another it's hard to resist cheering on the lanky, adorably perky
Vanessa Redgrave as she successfully competes with a simpering Uma Thurman for the
attention of the resort's only available man. The tennis match, in which Redgrave first
breaks down the defenses of the veddy proper British major (played to crusty perfection by
Edward Fox), is truly a comic gem.
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