Nights in Rodanthe vs. The Duchess

| 10/16/2008 9:37:04 AM

Richard Gere and Diane Lane find love in Nights in Rodanthe.Despite the title, there really isn’t a battle between these movies. Both character-driven films, Nights in Rodanthe and The Duchess are quiet, emotional and heart-wrenching examples of fine movie making. Both focus on women caught in lives they never imagined and how they cope, sometimes with tears or laughter, and always with dignity and grace.

Starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of two people struggling in lives they never thought would be their reality and drowning in loneliness they have no idea how to combat.

A chance encounter at a bed and breakfast on the coast of North Carolina leads to love for Adrienne and Paul, both with demons of their own. They help each other heal and make plans for the future. But the movie doesn’t end there, and it won’t end the way you want it to. It didn’t for me, anyway.

The acting is superb in Nights in Rodanthe, particularly from Lane. Her anguish over a failed marriage, her love for her children and her bewilderment on where to go next is evident at every turn. One particular scene is shot focused on Lane and without background music, and it is all the more poignant and emotional for the silence.

If nothing else, go see Nights in Rodanthe for the scenery – that coastal bed and breakfast is one gorgeous place. It will leave you breathless. Just remember those tissues.

The Duchess heralds a new level of acting from Kiera Knightley.