Wine, olives, fish and olive oil, Adriatico My Love is a charming romantic culinary comedy and sentimental journey back to a quaint Mediterranean village along the same lines as Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and Mamma Mia! (2008). But don’t expect a slick Hollywood production like those films. This long in the making Canadian film was made on a shoestring budget using a mix of professional and non-professional actors.
This type of film is not easy to make on such a tight sparse budget, but the makers of this film have somehow managed to pull it off quite well under the less than ideal circumstances.
While Alex secretly searches the island for someone from her past, she hides a family secret from her daughter, who makes some romantic connections of her own. But as in real life, some of the mysteries and relationships in the film are not fully explained and left to the audience’s imagination.
One of the major attractions of this film is the allure of the breathtaking island locations, which gives one a real sense of having been to a unique magical place. Despite the films unpolished homemade look, its heart is in the right place and in the end, our time with the characters pays off as we see them genuinely bond and grow, and become part of an intimate isolated community.