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Book of Love (2004)

Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife.

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A young couple, Elaine Walker and David Walker, meet a lonely 15-year-old named Chet Becker in an ice-cream shop, and they become friends. Chet has a crush on Elaine and they have a one-night stand. Elaine tells about her infidelity to David, and their life is affected by the affair. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Elaine Walker: [after Chet has kissed Elaine] DAVID! No I won't... DAVID! God nothing wakes him when he's been drinking... not the telephone, earthquakes, car alarm, thunder, fire engines at 3 AM...
Chet Becker: When I was a little boy, I couldn't fall asleep unless my mom had said "goodnight" an even number of times... twice "goodnight goodnight" or four times "goodnight goodnight goodnight goodnight". Sometimes as a joke, my dad would throw an extra one in and my mom would have to say "goodnight" again to even it out.
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The best film I saw at Sundance, it never condescended to the audience.
29 November 2004 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

All three principal actors - Baker, O'Connor, and Smith, gave the strongest performances I've ever seen them give. Baker particularly should be a major star. He was heartbreaking in Book of Love. What I also liked was that the writer and director refused to judge his characters and their behavior. And that he trusted us, the audience, enough to let us make our own decisions. Unlike most Hollywood - and Sundance - movies, he refused to wrap things up neatly at the end for us. A strong, intelligent film. Highly recommended.


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