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Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

I remember seeing a review of Truly Madly Deeply when it was first released and being interested in it, but it took my nearly 20 years to actually get a copy and watch it.

Truly Madly Deeply is at least 100 times better than Ghost, another film from the same year about a woman who has a relationship with the ghost of her late lover. While the story obviously has fantasy elements, they are dealt with in a completely straightforward way. Nina (Juliet Stevenson) is at first moved when she feels the presents of the late Jamie (Alan Rickman) guiding her in her daily life and is emotional when she thinks she hears the sound of the cello he used to play, but soon she is having to deal with coming home from work to find that he has rearranged her furniture, or that he has invited his ghost friends over to watch videos. Meanwhile, she has to deal with romantic advances from her boss at work and her Polish landlords, who both naturally think she is single. When she meet an art therapist who works with the mentally disabled, she genuinely likes him, and is able to finally get over Jamie. There are some nice scenes of Nina and Jamie playing piano and cello together, which are touching while lacking the cheap sentimentality of the pottery wheel scene of Ghost.

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