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A businessman is visited by an otherworldly presence who has the nerve to fall in love with his daughter in this savory, extralong feature (1998), whose obvious plotlines unfold with an almost painful slowness that somehow makes them deeper. The potentially doomed romance between Susan (Claire Forlani) and Joe (Brad Pitt, achieving the unimaginable with a convincing portrayal of a sexually naive character) is set in a deliberately ironic materialist's dreamscape—the estate of Susan's fabulously wealthy father (Anthony Hopkins), who learns to appreciate what's truly important even as he decides which theatrically decadent dessert to serve at what may be his last birthday party. Martin Brest directed a screenplay by Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kevin Wade, and Bo Goldman inspired by the 1934 movie Death Takes a Holiday.

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