|Nearing 40, April Epner
(Hunt), a schoolteacher in New York who was adopted at birth, wants to
have a baby of her own - a desire made that much stronger by the fact
that she never knew her biological mother. A snag in her plans presents
itself when her sweet but immature husband Ben (Matthew Broderick)
announces one night that their marriage was a mistake, leaving April
devastated and bewildered. With her life in disarray, one more
surprising bolt is thrown April's way in the form of Bernice (Bette
Midler), an eccentric local talk show host, who declares herself to be
April's birth mother. Despite the influence of her newfound mother and
a relationship with Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of her
students, April's once simple life begins to spiral out of control.
Based on the eponymous first novel by writer Elinor Lipman, the film tells the funny and moving story of one woman's very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment.
Darcy has some trump and grind
(The Sun, Apr 24, 2008, by Gordon Smart)
Colin Firth and Helen Hunt had to abandon an explicit sex scene while filming their new movie—when a deafening trump ripped through the set. The impeccably-mannered Englishman and the Hollywood hottie were in a naked clinch for rom-com Then She Found Me when an epic trouser-rattler rudely shattered the intimate atmosphere. Mr Darcy star Colin revealed: “Helen’s character plays my children’s schoolteacher and one of the emotional hearts of the film is when she comes to sleep on the floor of the room where I am with the kids. It’s very, very quiet and we can’t speak too loudly because the kids shouldn’t see their schoolteacher together with their dad, for heaven’s sake.
"There was a camera at floor level because that’s where we were—then somebody down there broke wind incredibly loudly. It was not silent, it was deadly. Then there was this silence, this paralysis in the room.
“Helen, who was in my arms, asked: ‘What just happened?’
“Some very noble soul put his hand up and admitted that they did it.”
The scene had to be shot again.
Colin Firth TOO charming?
(Reuters, Sept 9, 2007, Cameron French)
Tall, dark, and proper English gentleman Colin Firth has made a career of charming leading ladies in films such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Love Actually”, and of course, the BBC mini-series “Pride and Prejudice. But his appeal came close to costing him a job in Helen Hunt’s film directorial debut “Then She Found Me“, which premiered on Friday in Toronto.
Hunt admitted to second thoughts about Firth, who plays the potential love interest, Frank, to Hunt’s main character April, a 39-year-old adoptee dealing with a failing marriage, the emergence of her biological mother, and her own thwarted wishes for a child.
“I think I was afraid, and he was afraid, that he’s so appealing that the minute he comes on screen you’d stop worrying about April. … If he showed up and was just so perfect and dreamy that all or her problems were over, the movie would have been over 10 minutes in,” Hunt said. “I actually wrote the part for someone much less tall, handsome, and appealing.”
Firth helped defray his charisma by adding an emotional fragility to his character, who struggles as a single parent, and while we wouldn’t want to give away any endings, it’s safe to say Firth’s charm manages to seep through.
Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt took a radically counterintuitive approach to lightening her workload as she prepared to direct her first feature film. Her solution was to give herself the lead role in
ThinkFilm nabs 'She Found Me'
(Variety, Sept 8, 2007, by Dade Hayes, Sharon Swart)
Helen Hunt's directorial debut, "Then She Found Me," sold to ThinkFilm in the first high-profile bidding action of the Toronto Film Festival.
Insiders put the price for domestic rights at around $2 million, with an additional $1 million coming from Canadian distrib TVA Films. The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate were also in the running.
It is expected to be one of Think's most aggressive releases to date.
The pact was firmed up overnight Friday, with a dinner hosted by CAA, which reps Hunt and the film, seeing drop-ins by bidders including Harvey Weinstein.
"Then She Found Me," based on a popular novel by Elinor Lipman, stars Hunt, Bette Midler and Colin Firth.
ThinkFilm, Equinoxe buy Hunt's 'She Found Me'
(The Hollywood Reporter, Sept 8, 2007, by Gregg Goldstein and Borys Kit)
The first big sale of the Toronto fest went to ThinkFilm and Canadian distributor TVA Films Saturday morning. The companies picked up U.S. and Canadian rights, respectively, to Helen Hunt's directorial debut "Then She Found Me" starring Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick, in a $2.5 to $3 million combo deal. . . .
In "Found," Hunt plays a teacher tracked down by her birth mother (Midler) just as her world is erupting in chaos: her adoptive mother passes away, her husband (Broderick) leaves her and she meets a new man (Firth) through one of her students.
The romantic comedy-drama was produced by Killer Films, making it a natural fit with ThinkFilm given its multiyear partnership with the distributor, signed in February, to develop, finance, produce and distribute features together. This deal falls outside their first-look arrangement, but is ThinkFilm's first-ever Killer Films acquisition. . . .
It was expected to be the first big sale of the fest, given it's talent and scheduling. Weinstein Co. and the newly Lionsgate-backed Roadside Attractions were in the initial race after the film's Friday evening premiere. ThinkFilm's Mark Urman and Randy Manis and TVA's Yves Dion negotiated the deal with CAA, which repped sales of the film.
Killer unveils production slate
(Screendaily, May 17, 2007, by Mike Goodridge)
Now in post-production for the company and set for autumn film festivals are Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There starring Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Cate Blanchett and Helen Hunt’s directorial debut Then She Found Me with Hunt, Colin Firth and Bette Midler.
(MTV News, Dec 13, 2006, by Shawn Adler and Larry Carroll)
Oscar winner Helen Hunt has kept a relatively low profile...but now she's putting the finishing touches on a labor of love that she's writing, starring in and directing. "It took me a long time to get it made," she said of the drama "Then She Found Me," due in theaters at the end of next year.
"It's a story I've loved for many years, and I finally got the thing in the can, so I'm cutting it now....I hope it's funny and moving."
Based on a novel by writer Elinor Lipman, the plot revolves around a 36-year-old adopted woman who suddenly finds herself overwhelmed by the desire to meet her biological mother. "She's found by her birth mother, played by Bette Midler, and at the same time is ending a marriage with Matthew Broderick and falling in love with Colin Firth, and that gets all messed up, and everybody goes in the wrong direction. It is a movie about love and betrayal and getting your heart broken and putting it back together."
Very much Hunt's passion project, the actress insisted that she's giving this one everything she's got. "I am really pouring myself into it," she said. "I really hope everyone comes and sees it."
Hunt finds cast trio for helming debut - Firth, Broderick, Midler are 'Found'
(Variety, Sept 12, 2006, by Michael Fleming)
Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler have joined Helen Hunt in "Then She Found Me," the drama on which Hunt makes her feature directing debut.
Hunt has been working for eight years to adapt the Elinor Lipman novel. The Blue Rider fund and the bank ICB are financing. Shooting is just getting under way in Brooklyn. Killer Films' Pamela Koffler, Christina Vachon and Katie Roumel are producing with Connie Tavel. John Wells, Walter Josten and Blue Rider's Jeff Geoffray are exec producing. Odyssey Entertainment is selling foreign rights.
Hunt plays a schoolteacher found by her birth mother (Midler) during a tumultuous time in her life. Broderick is playing Hunt's husband, and Firth a man she meets through one of her students.
Alice Arlen wrote the first adaptation of Lipman's novel. Vic Levin and Hunt rewrote it and then Hunt did the final polish.