Hope Springs

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Hope Springs (Touchstone Movie)

“Hope Springs” is a heartwarming romantic comedy-drama film released in 2012, directed by David Frankel. The film stars Meryl Streep as Kay Soames and Tommy Lee Jones as Arnold Soames, a middle-aged couple who have been married for over 30 years but find themselves stuck in a rut and disconnected from each other.

The story follows Kay and Arnold, who live in a small town in Nebraska. Their marriage has become routine and mundane, lacking passion and intimacy. Kay, feeling unfulfilled and longing for more emotional connection, decides to take matters into her own hands and books a week-long intensive couples therapy session with renowned marriage counselor Dr. Bernard Feld (played by Steve Carell) in the coastal town of Hope Springs.

Upon arriving in Hope Springs, Kay is excited about the opportunity to reignite the spark in her marriage, while Arnold is skeptical and resistant to the idea of therapy. As they delve into their past, their unspoken feelings and resentments begin to surface, leading to moments of both humor and vulnerability. With Dr. Feld’s guidance, they start to confront their issues and learn to communicate more openly with each other.

Throughout the therapy sessions, Kay and Arnold begin to rediscover the love they once had for each other. They explore their desires, fears, and vulnerabilities, leading to some emotional breakthroughs. As they navigate the challenges of the therapy process, they find themselves rekindling their affection and discovering new aspects of their relationship.

“Hope Springs” is a touching portrayal of a mature relationship, showcasing the complexities and struggles that many long-term couples face. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones deliver remarkable performances, capturing the authenticity of their characters’ emotions and experiences. Steve Carell provides a balanced portrayal of a therapist trying to help the couple find their way back to each other.

The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the chemistry between Streep and Jones and the sincerity of the storyline. “Hope Springs” resonated with audiences of different ages, as it speaks to the universal theme of love and the effort required to maintain a strong relationship over time.

Overall, “Hope Springs” is a touching and relatable film that celebrates the enduring power of love and the importance of communication and understanding in a long-term relationship. It reminds us that with effort, honesty, and a willingness to change, even the most stagnant relationships can find hope and renewal.

Hope Springs

Additional Details


  • Colin Firth: Colin Ware
  • Minnie Driver: Vera Edwards
  • Heather Graham: Mandy
  • Mary Steenburgen: Joanie Fisher
  • Frank Collison: Fisher


  • Director: Mark Herman
  • Producers: Uri Fruchtmann and Barnaby Thompson
  • Screenplay: Mark Herman

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