Director Kat Coiro wrote the screenplay for the indie drama, "And While We Were Here." A black and white version was debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. The theater version is in color. The filmmaker felt that the black and white film was a nod to old Italian movies. In many ways, Coiro prefers the black and white but knew that most audiences will want to see it in color.
Jane (Kate Bosworth) is in the picturesque island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples. It looks like a perfect paradise but Jane is miserable. At first it seems she is spoiled and ungrateful. She has Leonard (Iddo Goldberg), a handsome, hard-working husband who is in love with her and tells her so frequently.
Her vacation couldn't be in a better setting. Leonard is working but Jane isn't, so she has time to finally focus on the book she's been meaning to write. Jane has recordings of an interview with her grandmother. Jane meanders around Italy and listens to her granny telling fascinating World War II stories.
Slowly the audience learns that Jane has good reason to be miserable. Your chest will constrict with empathy for her, she has endured a huge loss and can't get her groove back. In the meantime, she and her husband are growing worlds apart. Her husband is self-involved and shut-down and cannot give Jane the type of attention she needs.
After a chance meeting, a teenage boy becomes enamored with her. Jane is weak and his overtures are too hard to resist.
You could say that the film is one big cliche. But it works. The acting is wonderful and the characters are complex. Bring a hanky. It's a very moving tale and definitely worth seeing.
"And While We Were Here" opens in limited release on September 13, 2013 and is available on VOD. Relationship drama. Not rated. 84 minutes.