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The Book of Eve (2002)

A Romanian immigrant (Daniel Lavoie) uses good food, good humor and good conversation to break down the walls around a reclusive woman's (Claire Bloom) heart.


Claude Fournier


Constance Beresford-Howe (novel), Claude Fournier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Bloom ... Eva Smallwood
Daniel Lavoie ... Johnny Brancusi
Susannah York ... May
Julian Glover ... Burt Smallwood
Marie-Jo Therio Marie-Jo Therio ... Jeanne LeBlanc
Luck Mervil ... Cab Driver 1
Angèle Coutu ... Madame Plante
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ... Neil Smallwood
Ted Whittall ... Martin Elkins
Leon Lissek ... Sam
Pamela Salem ... Goldie
Pascale Devigne Pascale Devigne ... Rosemary
Fanny La Croix ... Kim
Dan Bigras ... Brian Turmel
Vlasta Vrana ... Steve Lock


A Romanian immigrant (Daniel Lavoie) uses good food, good humor and good conversation to break down the walls around a reclusive woman's (Claire Bloom) heart.

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Release Date:

September 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Buch Eva - Ticket ins Paradies See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD6,300,000 (estimated)
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Criminal adaptation of the book
11 September 2005 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Let me get this out of the way first - I absolutely loved the book and was consequently appalled at what happened along the way on its transition to this shallow, hackneyed, over-acted movie.

I have loved Claire Bloom for years but here she is grotesque, all gestures and wide-eyed enunciations as if she were on stage. Truly a string of false notes from start to finish of her desperate performance.

There is absolutely no chemistry between herself and Johnny played by Daniel Lavoie who is himself drawn in the most despicable of Eastern European caricatures, all brains, pitiful accented English and unrecognized talent, oozing sexuality and not fussy about whom he gloms it on to.

Alcoholic too to blur the edges and allow a good older Canadian woman to show him the error of his ways. Susannah York is wasted as well, pulled into some gluey stagey dialogue with her old friend Eva. Cringe making. Appalling. Avoid.

3 out of 10.

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