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Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

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Darcy / Charlotte
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Lori
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Michael (as Michael Idemoto)
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Justin
Shizuko Hoshi ...
Aunt
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Annie
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Storyline

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

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Sometimes the truth is in the lie.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language

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11 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,284 (USA) (4 May 2003)

Gross:

$83,500 (USA) (6 July 2003)
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Trivia

In the scene where Michael flings the garbage bag into the garbage can on the street from a distance, there were three takes and Michael Aki successfully hit the target all three times. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep in the Heart
Performed by 7 Year Bitch
Lyrics by Selene H. Vigil (as Selene Vigil)
Music by Elizabeth F. Davis (as Elizabeth Davis)
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDS, and Elizabeth Davis, Selene Vigil and Valerie Agnew
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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You know a film is great when you have no other to compare it to.
15 January 2003 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

A subtle and complex experience. It runs as smooth as silk yet creates just enough tension to keep you on your seat. As in all great films, dialogue takes a back seat to the unspoken interaction amongst the characters who, without words, are able engage us and force us to see the universality of love, sex, betrayal and manipulation.

It is undoubtedly rare to see a western film with all Asian characters in major roles without being stereotypical or pushing an obvious socio-cultural theme. Uncommonly (and, personally, to my relief) race seems almost coincidental and, most importantly, apolitical. Yet, inevitably, because of this rarity, we can't but be intrigued as we watch these people behave as all Americans do, yet with a grace and refinement so unique to Asian culture. It leads us to explore and to question whether or not this cultural element actually affects the way these characters relate and live their lives and if the story would otherwise have taken a different course altogether. Food for thought.

"Charlotte" is remarkably powerful and engaging in its simplicity. Just beautiful to watch. Bravo.


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