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Paper Moon Affair (2005)

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An enigmatic Japanese woman, abandoned by her wealthy Chinese husband in a remote Pacific Northwest village, becomes entwined in the lives of two rugged locals.

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A wealthy Asian couple - he Chinese, she Japanese - arrive in Paper Moon Bay, an isolated town on the west coast of Canada, for a respite. Theirs is an emotionally distant marriage, due in large part to his chronic infidelity of which she is aware. To fill that emotional void in her life, she, named Keiko Hanada, meditates through doing origami. That emotional void is strengthened when he abandons her in town, especially as life in Paper Moon Bay in all aspects is totally foreign to her. Keiko wants to leave herself to head back to the comforts of Tokyo and her support network, but finds that leaving is not as easy it was arriving. She attracts the attention of most in the town, who see her solely as the foreigner they don't understand. But one person who sees in her at least as a temporary answer to his own problems is Vern Staub, the local police officer. He too is in an unsatisfying marriage to Lucy Staub, their problems largely regarding their sex life. Vern begins a sexual ... Written by Huggo

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Slow Paced
2 July 2010 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

I read two other extremely negative reviews. I suspect the reviewers were not prepared for a such a slow-paced movie. They wanted something with explosions, car chases, fist fights, murders etc. This movie is a slice of life in a remote BC town on the coast. Not much happens. That's the way it is in these places, as you will know if you have ever lived in one.

It is a fairly depressing movie about betrayals and abandonment. It looks like there is no easy way for anyone to leave or drastically change their lives. The three emotionally injured main characters have to snatch a little joy any way they can.

I felt completely sympathetic and engaged. These were fully fleshed out real characters that I cared about.

It is bit like Summer of 42 with a polyamorous twist, with a drop of The Last Picture Show. Memories of my early almost-sexual adventures came flooding back. Fletcher portrayed that agitated state so well, not the crude horniness that is usually used to lampoon adolescents.

I did not recognise the specific BC locations, but they are spectacular. The glorious settings contrast with some of the bleakness of the lives. It is possible to feel quite depressed surrounded by the most idyllic settings.

Brendan Fletcher and Sebastian Spence are handsome devils, and pleasant just to look at no matter what they do.


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