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This Is Not a Film (2003)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Romance | 20 February 2003 (USA)
New Yorker Michael Connor attempts to find the woman who left him by making a film about her, hoping that someone (maybe you?) will recognize his ex and convince her to get back together ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Connor
Nadia / Grace / Patty
George Connor
The Puzzler
Nancy Broccolo
Jacqueline Bowman ...
Mari Biochler
David De Angelis ...
(as Dave DeAngelis)
Shannon Gold
Danny Kon
Nick Lindsay

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New Yorker Michael Connor attempts to find the woman who left him by making a film about her, hoping that someone (maybe you?) will recognize his ex and convince her to get back together with him. To help the viewer understand who he is and why his girlfriend left, Michael opts to re-enact his failed relationship for the camera. He hires an actress to portray his ex-girlfriend, and during the process of filming she quickly and mercilessly points out all of his mistakes, blunders and inadequacies as a boyfriend. "This Is Not a Film" is a romantic comedy about making mistakes and recognizing them in the most painful way possible--by making them over and over again. Written by Julia Wall, producer

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Comedy | Romance






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There are several references to the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Magritte is the answer to one of Michael Connor's crossword puzzles, given by The Puzzler. The title of the film parallels the phrase "This is not a pipe" ("Ceci n'est pas une pipe") used in conjuncture with the image of a pipe in several Magritte paintings, namely The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images, 1928-29), The Tune and Also the Words (1964),and Les Deux Mystères (1966). See more »


Michael Connor: I don't even know why we're doing this - why are we doing YOUR life story in MY video, that's what I want to know.
George Connor: Because... It's your six degress of separation, jackass! You know ME. I went through THIS. I started my group, she came to the group - THAT'S how you know her. Think!
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »

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Remarkable film with charm, wit, creativity and enormous heart
21 October 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It is clear this film's value far supersedes the cost with which the format (mini-dv) implies. In fact, the filmmaker embraces the format and incorporates it so craftily into the storyline that I forgot the fact that I was not seeing the typical 35 millimeter film. It has the core appeal of indie movies like Clerks & the work of Robert Rodriguez combined with a fantastic "new take" on the romantic comedy genre. "This Is Not A Film" is an honest film with honest portrayals and, it is a superbly paced narrative. There is not one point in this film where I felt a scene could have (or should have) been omitted. On the contrary, the director pulls amazing performances out of truly gifted actors and does so in extremely confining circumstances. From page to screen, this film is a worthy and relevant story that hits on so many levels (creative, technical or otherwise). I highly recommend it for all who enjoy cinema or those looking for a little charm in an otherwise devoid of charm medium.

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