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This Is Not a Film (2003)

TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 February 2003 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Michael Connor
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Nadia / Grace / Patty
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George Connor
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Nancy Broccolo
Jacqueline Bowman ...
Claire
Mari Biochler
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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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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 »

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The Puzzler: Out of this chaos, we're all trying to create order. And out of the order, meaning. But in reality there is no such thing as meaning. Something only has meaning if we make it have meaning.
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Very interesting tale of love and loss...
25 June 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This Is Not a Film is a movie within a movie, in the style of a documentary. It's not as confusing as that sounds.

Michael is a guy whose girlfriend has left him. So he decides to make a video depicting his relationship with her, with the hope that in a "Six Degrees" way, someone who knows her will see it and tell her (Grace) that he misses her.

So not only does this film include the scenes, but also interviews with his "family," and "friends."

Excellent performances by all, but especially Nadia, a stand out playing Nadia (Michael's friend), the fake Grace, and the fake Patty, the women who came between them.

It's really a sweet tale, very natural. We all know people like this.

8 stars out of 10.


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