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Dreaming of France: The History of Love / L'Histoire de l'Amour

Judith Krauss A History of Love has been called one of the most loved novels of the decade. 
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book…Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of "extraordinary depth and beauty" (Newsday).

The movie based on the book is being released on November 18th and it looks just as lush and sweeping as the novel, especially when you watch the trailer in French. Even the sappy teen love story is elevated by the language.

A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness.
The film stars Gemma Arterton, Derek Jacobi, Sophie Nelisse and Elliot Gould and was filmed in Montreal, New York and Romania. As you can see from the trailers below the movie is being released in both French and English. 

Below is the French trailer, followed by the English trailer with French subtitles.

Have you read the book? Blogged about it? I’d love to read what you have to say.

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  1. Oh, this looks so sweet and hopeful. I'll put it on my list to read, and to see the movie.
    I haven't been able to much writing done since the election. Just kind of numb. Do movies help?
    Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

    1. I have the same numness. Walking around in a haze. Trying to plow through but then I hear things like Rudy Guiliani may be secretary of state or Trump wants his kids to have top secret security clearance or what the f@#k Steve Bannon is doing in the White House and I want to crawl under the pillows. Movies help, but reality comes back to bite when it's over.

  2. Wait! What? This has already been made into a movie? I've had it on my TBR shelf for a while and meaning to get to it soon, certainly before the movie. But alas, I am forever behind in my reading. It looks lovely.


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