Sweet destiny takes a hand in 'Deja Vu'

October 30, 1998|By Chris Kridler | Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF

In Henry Jaglom's "Deja Vu," love is more than a sense of familiarity. It's pure, electric destiny.

The film is dreamy and delicious in ways romantic movies rarely are, as it tells the story of a man and a woman, each deeply involved in a relationship, who find themselves inexplicably and mystically drawn to each other.

Victoria Hoyt, who was so appealing and mercurial as the Hollywood actress in husband Jaglom's "Last Summer in the Hamptons," plays Dana, who meets a sad, radiant older woman on a business trip to Israel. The woman tells a moving tale about an engagement pin given to her during the war by a man she never saw again, and when Dana accidentally ends up with the pin, she makes it her mission to return it.

Her journey takes her to Paris and then to Dover in England, while the wartime tune "The White Cliffs of Dover" seems to be playing everywhere. In Dover, she meets a handsome painter (Stephen Dillane). Their connection is instantaneous, and though they have few words to explain it, each is amazed by the feeling.

But there are complications -- relationships, commitments, plans. When they meet again in London, it seems fate has taken a hand, especially when they hear a fellow house guest (Vanessa Redgrave) tell her own story about seizing the moment. But fate may be denied by their need for comfort and security.

Jaglom puts aside the improvisational feel of "Hamptons" and his other films to tell a story in which even accidents feel like kismet. With a smart script, sweet score and lovely locations, he and his collaborators have wrought a new and irresistible affair to remember.

'Deja Vu'

Starring Victoria Hoyt, Stephen Dillane and Vanessa Redgrave

Directed by Henry Jaglom

Released by Rainbow Film Company

Rated PG-13 (language, brief sexuality, drug use)

Running time 116

minutes Sun score *** 1/2

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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