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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE

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Your future is my past. For you, none of it has happened yet, but for me…I've known you since I was six. - Clare

The day Henry saw Clare for the first time she had known him for years. From the time she was a young girl, he had been her best friend, her confidant, her not-so-secret crush.

Henry is a time traveler. He has a rare genetic anomaly that forces him to live his life never knowing when he will suddenly find himself in another place, another year. The man Clare has known all her life is Henry in years to come. On his travels back in time, he had met the girl who would become his wife.

Now grown up, Clare has finally caught up with Henry…and introduces herself to the man she has loved all her life.

Director Robert Schwentke asserts that its title notwithstanding, "The Time Traveler's Wife” is not a science fiction film. "It is an emotional journey about two people in a relationship, and the time travel is the catalyst for things that both strengthen and test their bond. You could argue that time travel is the thing that brought them together, but it ultimately causes all sorts of conflicts. So I saw it as an opportunity to make a great love story, but at the same time we were able to weave some undercurrents into the fabric of that relationship. That feels more truthful to me, especially in a story that starts out with two people who are given the incredible gift of finding the person with whom they belong. It's important that at some point they earn it.”

The director's outlook is shared by the film's stars. Rachel McAdams, who plays Clare, observes, "A love story is more interesting when the two people are going through life's ups and downs and their love must persevere. I think a love that can withstand the biggest obstacles is inspiring and the obstacle Clare and Henry face is certainly very challenging.”

Playing the role of Henry, Eric Bana adds that the concept of time travel and the fact that Henry and Clare can be separated in an instant "is very difficult for them in terms of how much control they have over their own destinies. In any love story, you need things that dramatically drive and test the relationship, and our two characters obviously have plenty of that. But their relationship ultimately has enough building blocks that you believe they are truly in love. I think it's a very intimate and moving story and it leaves you with a lot to think about.”

"The Time Traveler's Wife” began as the debut novel of artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger. Originally published in 2003, it became a runaway bestseller, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Producer Nick Wechsler recalls, "I read the book when it was in manuscript form and immediately thought it was beautifully written and had a very intriguing concept. It didn't fit into any one genre; the foundation is a love story, but there is that science fiction-esque twist of time travel, which makes it unpredictable.”

"It was a very innovative way to tell a love story that is timeless in every sense of the word,” producer Dede Gardner says. "We all felt that in reading the book, as well as in seeing the movie, there has to be a little leap of faith where you just accept Henry's condition and what happens to him. It helps that you have in Clare a woman who believes it utterly; her faith in him and the situation is key to the rest of us going along. So it's about faith and destiny and consequences. It's about how hard love can be but also how completely magical and wonderful it can be.”

Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, who won an Oscar® for his screenplay for "Ghost”—another film that blended romance with a supernatural element—wrote the screenplay for "The Time Traveler's Wife.” He reveals that he had become enthralled by Audrey Niffenegger's book early on.

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