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William Gregory Lee
24 year old Queenie prefers the slums of the East Village in Manhattan to her parents multi-million dollar estate in Westchester. A wacky character who plays pranks on everyone, Queenie works as a social worker with kids while unsuccessfully pursuing an acting career in New York. Horace is a middle-aged ex-cop who lives by himself in the same neighborhood. Having been diagnosed by his doctor as terminal with only a few months to live, Horace starts going to a shrink and tries to find meaning to his life, at which point he meets Queenie, who takes him on a whirlwind of a ride, before they finally, truly find one another. Horace's milieu also includes Martha and Spencer, a married couple of ex-gangsters now living a mundane life supplementing their income by throwing occasional S&M orgies for a few dollars. Queenie's crowd includes Skip, her fiancé, an ambitious Wall Street broker, and her best friend, Tzocki, who is about to be married. Written by
Queenie in Love is an independent American film directed, produced and written by Amos Kollek. It is rather strange that he is more famous among film enthusiasts in France and Germany than USA-a country where he has made all his films. All of his films are about people making sense of their meaningless lives in an indifferent urban environment. Serious viewers would find this film honest in its assessment of love as many of its prophecies are appearing to be true as we live in times wherein everybody is questioning whether love has any importance in an era marked by globalization and high technology. Queenie in Love is an important film in Amos Kollek's filmography as it goes beyond the idea of describing what it means to love and be in love as the film leading characters find out about the hollowness of their existences by making their positions clear about topics as diverse as loneliness, sexuality and tough lives of old people. In the entire film, Amos Kollek appears to be a filmmaker of serious vision as his writing reveals characters who not only are aware of their weaknesses but also work hard towards making their lives. For this reason, it is revealed that no character has been lampooned. Lastly, some viewers might find it hard to believe that the director chose to have a happy end in order to play it straight.
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