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The Holiday - Preview

Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in The Holiday

Preview by Jack Foley

NANCY Meyers’ last film, Something’s Gotta Give offered Jack Nicholson another priceless role alongside Diane Keaton, while providing Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet with notable support performances.

It more than made up for the disappointment that marked her first film, the wretched Mel Gibson vehicle What Women Want. It remains to be seen whether her next venture, seasonal romantic drama The Holiday will become another classic like Something’s Gotta Give or a waste of star-power like What Women Want.

But the omens are good. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Ed Burns and Eli Wallach and boasts two promising trailers that suggest it’s capable of widespread appeal to anyone in search of a little festive heartwarming.

Essentially, it follows the fortunes of two women – Amanda Woods (Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Winslet) – who, after bad bouts of man trouble just before the holidays, become desperate for a change of scene.

Hence, they travel in opposite directions (Diaz to London, Winslet to Los Angeles) only to find themselves alone in unfamiliar towns and struggling to cope until they become romantically entangled.

Meyers describes the film as a light-hearted take on the strange ways of love and the high price of neglecting your own heart. In addition to writing and directing The Holiday, Meyers is also producing.

The inspiration for the film came to the director while she was staying in the house she rented in France right after completing Something’s Gotta Give.

“Everyone has the fantasy of ‘what if I lived here? How would my life be different?’” she told Entertainment Weekly, before going on to praise the commitment of her leading ladies.

“They were both so enthusiastic, I absolutely wrote for them,” she continued. “It helps me a lot when I have someone in mind to write for.”

A lot of the scenes involving the romance between Diaz and Law were filmed in the picturesque village of Shere. It’s well worth a visit, if you get the chance…