A young woman wishes to fulfill her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma.
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After an unexpected and tragic accident takes the life of Sarah, a talented pastry chef about to embark upon a new venture of opening a cafe with her best friend Isabella (Shelley Conn), Sarah’s daughter Clarissa (Shannon Tarbet), struggling emotionally and financially, teams up with reluctant Grandma Mimi (Celia Imre) and Isabella to make this dream come true. All of these women couldn’t be any more different and as we add an ingredient of past turmoil in the form of Mathew (Rupert Penry-Jones), things begin to come to a full boil.
Relationships, regrets and old wounds still not healed are the core substances in “Love Sarah,” but there’s an authenticity to the film that elevates what might otherwise be a typical and predictable love story. Imrie is the uptight grandmother who holds her emotional cards close to the vest, but Tarbet’s Clarissa’s love and energy push this narrative forward. Each of the characters have their own story to tell creating a more complicated tale and of course, all of these elements eventually intertwine as they forgive one another and themselves.
“Love Sarah” is deliciously delightful; a sweet escape into food and finding yourself. Imrie’s performance sweeps us off our feet in this charmingly bittersweet tale of loss, love, and resiliency. And while it is quite predictable, sometimes you just need this kind of movie just like you sometimes you just need a bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce. It’s quite satisfying.
I give my wife a hard time about watching Hallmark Movies, deriding their predictability and sugary tone and in looking at the trailer for “Love Sarah,” I was thoroughly convinced that this was yet another product from that network that had somehow escaped to be shown on the big screen.
To be sure, the premise of the film is hardly original and there are more than a few predictable elements at play, yet there’s a sincerity to this enterprise that elevates it, as the cast avoids overselling the sentiment. Time is spent so that we come to know and care for the characters so that once the romantic couples in question do unite – I’m not giving anything away you don’t know is coming – there’s a sense of satisfaction that’s surprising.
That being said, the script is too busy by half, overburdened by at least two subplots that could have been cut and not missed, streamlining the story in the process. Still, there’s no denying the effortless charm on display as “Love Sara” ends up being an unexpected delight.