Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Netflix It: Broken English

Available from Netflix: Broken English, directed by Zoe Cassavetes

I thought Broken English was quite good, though Parker Posey's character was a little too pathetic in the beginning. Says my friend Nancy (minor spoiler alert): "As little indie romances go it had just about everything I needed: cute French guy, East Village scenes, NYC loft party, Paris Metro scene, depression, elation, a funny best friend, annoying parents, travel, etc." Yes, depression is something she looks out for in romantic comedies. I guess it comes up more often than you might think.

(Sort of misleading) synopsis from AllMovie:

A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As if it wasn't depressing enough to be 35 and still single, Nora (Parker Posey) is constantly reminded by her loving but tactless mother (Gena Rowlands) just how unlucky she has been in love. Though Nora longs to enter into a blissful union like the one of her best friend, Audrey (Drea de Matteo), she finds that the dating pool just isn't what it used to be. Things soon begin to look up, however, when Nora makes the acquaintance of handsome Frenchman Julien (Melvil Poupaud). While the two share an instant chemistry that is undeniable, Nora is saddened to learn that Julien will soon be departing for his native soil. When Julien does depart, Nora laments the fact that she wasn't able to express her feelings more effectively. If only Nora could organize her scattered thoughts long enough to remember her love object's last name, she might not have to go searching out every "Julien" in Paris to locate the man of her dreams.


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