Hope Springs

Synopsis: Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. Romance ensues, though Colin's ex may be looking to reunite.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Mark Herman
Production: Fragile Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

You don't know if these are designated

the same as in the UK, do you?

The way they're numbered,

according to lead size?

Is the numbering system

for pencils universal?

- We would have no way of knowing that.

- No.

Well, it looks like it could be.

I think I'll assume it is.

Is your paper in individual sheets

or just in the pads?


I'll hang on to those while you look around.


Doesn't seem to mention acid content.

It usually says whether it's acid-free or not.

All paper in this country is acid-free.

- Really?

- That's how it goes.

Guess it's true what they say

about how far ahead you Americans are.

That's wonderful.

- You with an art group?

- No, just on my own.

On some kind of personal tour, then?


But you're an artist, right?

You're not a tourist?

Harold here is just trying to find out

your purpose in bein' here.

- My purpose?

- He won't be happy till you tell him.

I've always wanted

to visit your fine country.

I hope I have enough American money

for all this.

It's the only kind we accept.

$48 - that's more than enough, isn't it?

- You OK?

- Sorry. I just need some...

- Coloured pastels?

- Sleep.

- For your landscapes?

- I don't do landscapes, just portraits.

You've come all the way from England,

in the fall, with all our beautiful foliage,

to draw faces?

This comes to...

Look at that. $48 exactly.

- You wouldn't know of a good hotel?

- Joanie Fisher usually has rooms.

Now her husband - there's a face

that'll move you on to doin' landscapes.

Battlefield Inn. Straight up that street.

You want to draw

a portrait of Fisher?

- I was just told that his face looked...

- His face looks like road kill.

- But you will ask him?

- I can't wait.

There you go, Mr Ware.

Room 11. One of our best.

It's up the stairs on the left.

Mr Ware, do you have urgent business

to attend to this mornin'?

Why don't you get a few hours' sleep?

Just tell me what time you wanna wake up

and I'll hold all your calls.

There won't be any calls.

I don't know anyone here.

- Maybe a call from England.

- Nobody in England knows I'm here.

Oh, God.

Sorry. I didn't know jet lag could be like

this. I've never had my hair hurt before.

Oh, Mr Ware.

I don't like to see

one of our guests so gloomy.

Why don't you help yourself

to a local-interest brochure?

You might find something to pick you up,

give you a little memory or two

to take back to England.

- It's memories that I came here to forget.

- Memories?

- Of something, or someone?

- Oh, God...

A woman.

An English woman?

Welsh. Well, half-Welsh.

- Half-Welsh and half...?

- Monster.

- My, we are in a bad way.

- What's the bloody point?

The point is, Mr Ware,

you're our guest here,

and part of our job

is to do everything in our power

to ensure our guests enjoy themselves.

And if that means one of 'em has

to talk an ex-girlfriend out of their system...

Joanie Fisher speaking.

...then so be it.

Hi, Mandy. How are you?

Mandy, I just have a small incident

to attend to in the lobby.

A dog? No.

No, that's just

one of our friends from England.

I'll call you right back.

So listen, while you're asleep I'm gonna

call my friend Mandy, get her to come over.

She is a trained caregiver.

Oh, God, no. Really, it's fine...

Mandy's wonderful with people,

and she's a first-hand authority

on broken relationships.

She'd just love a psychological challenge

on this scale.

- Here we go.

- I don't think I need...

Here we go, Room 11, Mr Ware.

Here. This'll help you sleep.

- I don't take prescription...

- You do now.


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Mark Herman

Mark Herman (born 1954) is an English film director and screenwriter best known for writing and directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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