Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Perhaps I should watch it again, but as a lover of documentary films I was disappointed in this. The self-reflexive nature was interesting, but the director spent so much time sharing every minute detail of his film-making process, the subject matter became obscured and confused. Also, I've got no problems with breaking the rules through recreation for the sake of film-making, but if you're going to stage a scene in a "verite" documentary, at least try and make it look real. And the long, meandering discussions of literature got a little tedious. The film could have been a nice, tight 45 minute/hour-long doc, but as it is you could fast forward through most of it and get the point with out really missing anything particularly interesting or enlightening.
That said, kudos for the attempt. Gotta respect his enthusiasm, and making a film isn't easy. I didn't enjoy it, but obviously many others did. Then again, I'm not much of a reader.
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