Sweet November Film Details
Overview: A woman lures emotionally crippled men into affairs, then helps them repair their lives.
Tagline: Sara… She had to be remembered by every man she met. So she divided the calendar into twelve men and gave each a month and a key to her apartment. Charlie’s month was November because he belonged to Sara as no one ever would again.
Review: ***Possible Spoilers*** OK, the overall plot does unfortunately suffer from a heavy dose of implausibility. However, if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and simply enjoy the ride from the outset, including the whole look and feel of the ’60’s (I was born in this decade, and always love living it vicariously through films), the clothes, her adorable apartment (I notice more of the interior design of her apartment with every viewing), and of course, above all else, their tender love story and the road on which Dennis’ character leads Newley’s, you’ll be in for a very real treat. I can be a very harsh critic when films are set in “reality” but clearly have a very implausible storyline, but I make an exception with this film. It’s unfortunate, but I have heard/read somewhere that Anthony Newley and Sandy Dennis did not get along at all during the making of this film. That fact alone is a testament to the strength of their performances, because their chemistry was so wonderful on screen. I was never much of an Anthony Newley fan prior to seeing this film, because I was too little during his heyday, and never really took to “children’s films” during that time either, such as The Chocolate Factory and Dr. Doolittle. However, in this film, he was absolutely charming. ***SPOILER COMING***The scene in her bedroom loft in which he professes his love for her is one of the most genuine and tender love scenes (conversation only) I’ve ever seen on film. Whenever I watch this scene, I feel as if I were truly eavesdropping on a very private conversation between two people. Newley’s slight mockery of Dennis’ knack for going wackily off-subject during this conversation was just a beautiful little dance of dialog. He is just SO English!…he’s adorable. Also, it was sweet to notice his first having a very hard time climbing the “stairs” in her apartment, but, toward the end of his “month”, he’s mastering them with finesse, without even needing to clutch the side railings. Finally, the “1,000 Novembers” he wants to give her make you hope that she will take him up on his offer, once and for all. Beneath the storied romance of this movie, and Newley’s beautiful, tender charm, there is an underlying message provided in large part by Sandy Dennis’ character and brilliant performance. Though her character on surface appears to be very much of a free spirit, heavy on whimsy and light on logic, she is the one who makes the stronger impression on Newley than he on her, seemingly, at least, effecting more change in him than he in her. She slowly leads him to look at life as well as his role in it in a different manner, and his character is forever enriched as a result. If you haven’t seen this film, find it (you can get it on Amazon on VHS….I wish they’d offer it on DVD), make yourself a cup of tea, curl up under the covers, listen to this story and watch these characters. “Sweet November” is very touching….tender, sad, romantic, and warmly moving.
Country: United States
Duration: 114 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Also known as: Antio agapi mou,Сладкий ноябрь,Sweet November,Doce Novembro,Kalenderpigen,Dolce novembre,Adieu, geliebter November,Dulce noviembre,L’Amant de novembre,今宵限りの恋,Por Toda Minha Vida