Tom Avery (Bruce Greenwood
), a charismatic late-night radio talk show host, has had three divorces before the age of 40. Fay (Emilia Fox
) is his total opposite; her romantic ideal has not yet been attained and is unlikely ever to be due to her impossibly high expectations as a result of living with the perfection that is her parents' rock solid marriage. When the couple meet and fall deeply in love at first sight, this unlikely pairing proves the rule that in love, there are no rules. But when Fay's parents' marriage breaks down suddenly after 40 years of wedded bliss, Fay and her relationship with Tom are thrown into turmoil. Will Tom be able to persuade his naturally cautious and terminally confused fiancée to work through all the damage and chaos?
Canadian Connection: Mostly Canadian cast; director Deepa Mehta (landed immigrant); filmed in Toronto, Ontario; based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields.