Under the Tuscan Sun is a story of a woman struggling to find her identity in a life filled with an abundance of obstacles, multiple friendships both surfacing and dissolving, and a plethora of unanswered questions. This is a very empowering movie for women of all ages. It demonstrates that no one can define who you are except yourself, the importance of self actualization, and that it is never too late to start your life over.
The film starts off in San Francisco, California with Frances, the main character played by Diane Lane, enjoying life at a formal party. She seems to be the life of the gathering, with many people interested in what she has to say. She has nothing to worry about, and why would she? She has the perfect life. She's a successful writer multiple times over, an excellent English teacher, and she is a beautiful, trusting, intelligent, supportive, loving housewife.
This fairy-tale life comes to a stop as fast as Snow White awakes with a kiss when she discovers her husband's infidelity.
The scene that follows is Frances sitting in her lawyer's office going over some of the details of the divorce. It is here she finds out that her husband wants the house and most of the furniture inside so he can continue living in it with his new fiancÃÂ©e, former mistress. So needless to say Frances gets her house and all furniture "stolen from beneath her." The husband was able to buy out her half of everything for a fraction of what it was worth in dollars. When she was given a choice of anything she wanted, she ended up refusing everything except a few books, some clothes, and a blue egg-shaped trinket about the size of a softball. Everything else would have...