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Broken English

Cast: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo
Director: Zoe R. Cassavetes

I totally forgot why I wanted to see this film. It's been with me for a long time now and it's only now that I decided to watch it. I think it's because I like the trailer, that's the highest possible reason. I didn't expect that the film would turn out this way. It's nice, and people can relate to it at one point of their life.

Nora was in a rut. She's in a dead end job as a guest relations officer in a hotel, she's not getting any younger and any quest for love ends in failure, despite the dates her friend and her mother set up for her. She's depressed. Then, she meets Julien, a Frenchman who sweeps her off her feet, or at least puts a spin in her life. The movie is simple but the flow of the story, albeit a bit slow, doesn't lose the essence of the film.

In one point in our lives, we do question where we are and where are we going. Nora was there, at that moment, and Julien and his quick appearance in her life made her move a bit faster to the direction she was going. It's a good film; it's simple to understand. Both Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud gave good performances as the woman who needs to find her path, and as the man who was to rile her life a bit. I think it helps that he's French, after all, Paris is the city of love. Or maybe it's because I just have a weakness for French actors (they're charming, go watch their movies). Plus, they look cute together. I first watched Parker Posey in Josie and the Pussycats, and that's the only film I've watched of hers. This is a good change from the blockbuster films; she's known in the indie scene. Melvil Poupaud is also a known French actor; he takes on unconventional roles, and his films appear on different film festivals.

It's a nice film about finding love in unexpected situations, and being able to step out of your personal rut. Just because you're no longer in a rut doesn't mean that you know how your life is going to pan out. It's more of taking a next step to anywhere than where you're standing. Opportunities are endless. We lose opportunities when we make a choice, but in making a choice, we open ourselves into more opportunities. Just like Nora. Enough rambling, the flick's worth watching. It's something different from the current blockbusters of the genre.