Here is a film that realizes only half of its potential. Direction, acting, and even the dialogue are strong -- absolutely top notch. They are the work of professionals. It's the story line that bottlenecks the whole processes.
While inviting and quickly captivating, the story simply asks too much of us. Asks us to accept coincidences and rapid progressions of that oh-so-wonderful "falling in love" feeling in more than just one case. Actually, I'm fond of falling in love, I'm all for it, people should do it more often, and so I'm not against it at all -- even in the cinema. But here, even a silly romantic like myself, finds these plot twists simply too silly and soapy. The course of this film is just too short to sell them.
I wonder, though, probably they would have worked much better as a sort of comedy soap show. Perhaps that was the original plan for this story line. Drawn out over a season of half hour episodes, audiences may have been much more likely to accept.
Oddly, the excellent production value actually conspires to add insult to injury. That is to say, as the film engages the viewer so readily and strongly, the actors so wholly bring their characters to an endearing presence, the filmmakers succeed at making "heart" a part of the production, this all serves to make the failure of the story line all the more disappointing. Had we not been persuaded to take the film seriously -- we might have enjoyed it more.