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Starring Catherine Deneuve, William Hurt. From tribute.com - "Fanette (Deneuve) is writing a book on the abstract painter Francois Arnal. One day, when she learns that the man she considered her one great love, Phillippe, is in town, she can't stop thinking about him, even believing she has spotted him at a screnning of her favorite film, An Affair to Remember........she has to go to NY to photograph some of Arnai's paintings....before leaving she gets a note from Philippe, asking her to meet him in 3 days at the top of the Empire State Building........."
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Still magnificent as she approaches 60, Catherine Deneuve demonstrates in Nearest to Heaven that her talent and beauty are undiminished. A moody art historian named Fanette (Deneuve, 8 Women, Belle de Jour) holds a torch for a lover from her youth. When she hears that he was at a class reunion, she has visions of him in a grey suit and imagines she's just missed seeing him at a movie theater or on the street. Out of nowhere he leave a note on her door, asking her to meet him atop the Empire State Building, in homage to An Affair to Remember, their favorite movie. When Fanette travels to New York, she meets a photographer (William Hurt, The Accidental Tourist) who woos her aggressively--but Fanette resists, aching for her lost love. Nearest to Heaven is best described as a meditation on desire vs. reality, but much of the movie is as suspenseful as any psychological thriller. Deneuve vividly lays bare Fanette's layers of neurosis; this could be the adult version of her character from Roman Polanski's classic Repulsion--functional on the surface, but with madness roiling underneath. Partly in English, partly in French with English subtitles. --Bret Fetzer
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