Shadowlands is a master piece, plain and simple. I’ve seen it three times and I will watch it again. It’s just love, but the true one, the one that changes you and makes you better. The one you experience only once and that you keep and cherish with your whole life. A treasure, inestimable, that brings joy and pain, encompassing everything, the sun, the moon, the earth, the sea, people, good and bad. As if awoken in a universe that you didn’t know, you’re enchanted, you don’t believe it, and you cry for joy and hope such love will last eternally.
Based on a true story, C.S. Lewis ( Anthony Hopkins ) is a world reknowned writer and professor. Unmarried, he leads a life filled by intellectual pursuits, remaining untouched by any great passion until he meets Joy Gresham (Debra Winger). Joy is a feisty abrasive New-York divorcée whose sharp-edged, no-nonsense attitudes take Lewis by surprise. Bursting unexpectedly into Lewis’s world, Joy shocks his associates and awakens him to deep emotions he has written about, but never experienced. Slowly he opens his heart to this woman, and their romance shatters the walls of his cloistered world. But life is made up of delicate balances, and Lewis must confront a terrible truth : that a heart awakened to great love is also opened to great pain.