Date: December 8, 2006
This Movie plays It's A Shame
The two main characters are Amanda, a highly successful editor of movie trailers in Los Angeles, and Iris, a lovesick society column editor for The Daily Telegraph newspaper in England. The story is set in motion when each of them suffers a heartache: Amanda discovers that her boyfriend cheated on her, while the object of Iris's unrequited love announces his engagement at the office Christmas party. Seeking an escape, Iris proposes the home swap on the Internet, posting an ad about her quaint cottage in the English countryside. Her offer is eagerly accepted by Amanda, who lives in a luxurious home in L.A. but is stressed over her break-up. At first, the swap seems uneven; Iris revels in the luxury of Amanda's L.A. home, while Amanda suffers a series of disappointments in Surrey. Yet things turn around for Amanda when she meets Iris's brother Graham. Both Amanda and Graham intend to have a one-night stand, but a romance develops. Meanwhile, Iris befriends movie composer Miles and elderly Arthur Abbott; Arthur, it turns out, worked as a screenwriter during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The friendship between Iris and Miles turns romantic after Miles learns of his girlfriend's infidelity.