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Winter's Tale: "This is not a true story ... it's a love story."

That's the promise of Winter's Tale, slated to come out this Valentine's Day. The story looks is far fetched, a supernatural fairytale if you will, fairly dripping with treacly romanticism. Still, I'm feeling an irresistible urge to see it and read the book beforehand. The film stars Collin Farrell as Peter Lake the charming Irish burglar who falls in love with Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay) a beautiful young socialite dying of tuberculosis. One can imagine director Akiva Goldman (A Beautiful Mind) watching Findlay as Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey - "STAT get me an actress who knows how to expire!

Goldman's A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly play key parts here; Crowe's devilishly evil character is 'a faithful servant of Lucifer' and gets to utter lines like "I've been blackening souls for longer than I can remember." Connelly looks like she's more grounded in the present day real world. The cast also includes William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Matt Bomer and Will Smith - who we get a quick glimpse of in the trailer.

Farrell's character asks "Is it possible to love someone so completely, they can't die?" No, Collin, it's not. But I'm looking forward to watching you try.

The storyline from Barnes and Noble: 
"Mark Helprin’s masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake – master mechanic and second-storey man – attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

Are you in?  

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