SAFE HAVEN (Safe Haven Productions, James Bridges)Safe Haven, the story of a woman (Julianne Hough) who moves to a coastal town in North Carolina to escape her past, marks director Lasse Hallstrom’s second stab at working on a Nicholas Sparks story (Dear John was the other film). With most romantic dramas tailored as “chick flicks,” Hallstrom adds a unique touch to the genre.  As evinced with his earlier work My Life as a Dog and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, the filmmaker knows how to illustrate human behavior which actually appeals real and organic.

Although Safe Haven may not reach the creative heights of those movies, or even Hallstrom’s 2000 effort Chocolat, Safe Haven co-star Josh Duhamel (he plays a grocery store owner who falls in love with Hough’s character) talked about having those special touches in the film.

“I loved My Life as a Dog and I talked to (Lasse) about trying to find something, (just) a little thread of normal human behavior that doesn’t necessarily have to mean much but is something people will relate to,” said Duhamel during the Safe Haven press conference.

Click on the media bar below to hear Josh Duhamel talk about working with Lasse Hallstrom (he mentions co-star David Lyons in the clip):

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Safe Haven opens February 14th.

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