Again, the dimension of connecting with the world around you seems to be a theme that infuses this motion picture. Especially with regards to the first part of the movie set in Florence, Italy, there is a strong sense in which the newcomers are firmly more in the tourist than traveler column. There is a dissatisfaction with the accommodations, for instance. The scene in which Lucy Honeychurch observes the fight is another scene in which the reality is not so comfortable an experience with which to join. In the romantic relationship that develops, though, we see a character slowly growing into realization of this connection with not only the present, but also with the people around her.
All in all, the motion picture serves as a good reminder of the need for the traveler to immerse himself in the culture and to be open to new ways of understanding and connecting with the world beyond one's own narrow borders.