The Holiday: December 8, 2006
Woods (Cameron Diaz), the owner of a prospering advertising
firm that creates movie trailers, lives in Southern
California. Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) writes the popular
wedding column for London’s Daily Telegraph and resides in a
charming cottage in the English countryside.
Though Iris and Amanda live 6,000 miles apart, they are in
exactly the same place: Just before Christmas, Iris and
Amanda decide to take a needed break from the men in their
lives (played by Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell) — and
neither is much in
the mood for a nostalgic chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”
Amanda, wanting to get out of town for the holidays,
stumbles onto an internet site
that specializes in home exchanges, and finds Iris’ English
cottage to be the perfect
antidote to her troubles. On impulse, Amanda and Iris agree
to crisscross continents
and move into each other’s homes for two weeks.
Iris lands in Los Angeles on a spectacularly clear day
warmed by the gusts of the
seasonal Santa Ana winds. Not long after she arrives at
Amanda’s Brentwood home,
she is befriended by Arthur (Eli Wallach), a noted
screenwriter from Hollywood’s
Golden Era, and Miles (Jack Black), a film composer who
works with Amanda’s exboyfriend.
In England, where it is
anything but balmy, Amanda is just settling into the cozy
solitude of the snow-covered Rose Hill Cottage, when Iris’
Graham (Jude Law) comes knocking at the cottage door.
In an unexpected turn of events, both women discover that
the best trips are the
ones where you leave your baggage behind.
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