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Safe Haven

Safe Haven title card

Year - 2013
Studio - Relativity Media, Temple Hill, Nicholas Sparks Productions
Stars - Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland, Irene Ziegler, Robin Mullins
Director - Lasse Hallström
Writing Credits - Dana Stevens, Gage Lansky, Nicholas Sparks
Music - Deborah Lurie


After being involved in an event involving violence, Katie (Julianne Hough) changes her appearance and flees, aboard a bus, with a determined police detective in pursuit. She arrives in an idyllic small seaside town, and finds employment at a busy restaurant. She rents a rustic cottage in a remote area of the woods. Her only neighbor is the plainspoken Jo (Cobie Smulders), and the two become friends as they walk to and from the town to their homes.

She meets Alex (Josh Duhamel), a young store owner. He is a widower with two young children, his wife having died of cancer. She is attracted to him, but is fearful that her dark secret will catch up with her. Meanwhile, the detective, Tierney (David Lyons) discovers clues about her whereabouts and travels to confront her.

Safe Haven poster


While the above synopsis doesn't suggest a film blanc theme, the final revelations of the film put it clearly in that category.