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Lightweight romantic comedy about a recently divorced college admissions director (Laura Linney) who becomes involved in a passionate May-December romance with a young artist (Topher Grace) bearing an uncanny resemblance to her dead high school sweetheart. Dealing with issues of longing, loneliness and lost opportunities -- as well as some mystical musings on reincarnation -- the modest Manhattan love story directed by Dylan Kidd has all the elements of a good independent film, including a smart script and a top-notch ensemble, headed by Linney, Marcia Gay Harden and Gabriel Byrne. Yet taken as a whole, the film somehow adds up to less than the sum of its proficient parts. A sexual encounter and a few implied encounters, as well as recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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Gerard of Lunel: Gerard, born into a noble family in southern France, showed an early inclination to piety—so much so that he received the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis at the age of five. When he was 18, Gerard and his brother, Effrenaud, hid themselves in a cave on the banks of a river and began two years of living as hermits. Both brothers then decided to go on a pilgrimage, in part to discourage the many visitors to the hermitage who had heard of their reputation for holiness. Making their way to Rome on foot, they spent two years there, visiting its many famous churches and shrines. 
<p>They intended to continue to Jerusalem, but Gerard collapsed on the way. While his brother went to seek help, he left Gerard in a simple cottage near Montesanto, Italy, but Gerard expired before his brother's return. </p><p>Many miracles are said to have taken place at Gerard's tomb, making it a favorite place of pilgrimage. People who were afflicted with headaches or subject to epilepsy experienced special relief through his intercession. The city of Montesanto has long venerated Blessed Gerard as its principal patron. He is sometimes known as Gery, Gerius or Roger of Lunel.</p> American Catholic Blog It is an astonishing truth that God made human beings in his image. An immortal, rational, free and loving God made beings who have immortal souls and who are rational, free, and made to love and to be loved. Human life is sacred because it specifically reflects the nature of the divine.

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