TITLE: ENCHANTED APRIL
DIRECTOR: MIKE NEWELL
WRITER: PETER BARNES
THE BOTTOM LINE: The fable of four Englishwomen on a Portofino holiday gives moviegoers a vacation in rapture.
What do women want? To get away from men. To escape into a community of sisterhood. And then, nourished by that sorority, to find better men -- even if they are the ones left behind, but now with hearts refreshed and reformed.
Can dreams of independence and reconciliation both come true? Such is the seductive, fairy-tale feminism of the novelist Elizabeth von Arnim. She wrote Enchanted April nearly 70 years ago, around the time...