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Puccini for Beginners (2006)

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A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships.



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Allegra, an opera-loving writer in New York, eschews commitment, so her girlfriend, Samantha, leaves her. Allegra misses Sam, and resents the accusation that she's afraid to say "I love you," but she's soon involved with two people - Grace and Philip - who, unbeknownst to her, have just broken up with each other. Allegra juggles the two affairs, telling neither about the other; each likes her more and more as her old fears start making her itchy. Things come to a head at an engagement party where Allegra is pinch-hitting as a catering assistant. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A love triangle of operatic proportions See more »


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Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Triangle of Love  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,380 (USA) (2 February 2007)


$89,417 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Julianne Nicholson and Gretchen Mol have acted in HBO show Boadwalk Empire. See more »


If you look really close during the first sex scene between Philip and Allegra, you can see Philip's underwear. See more »


Allegra: Commit! Just listen to that word, it's what they do in insane asylums!
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References The L Word (2004) See more »

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central character flaw
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nice NYC comic romp with a fatal flaw: central character just isn't likable. She's cheating, she's lying, she's whining, she only talks about herself -- so why is everyone falling all over her, aside from sex...

Ms. Mol was a true bright spot in this film. Central character needed some of her charm and warmth -- both in writing and delivery.

This was Closing Night film of a very successful 11th Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival with director and star Justin Kirk in attendance. It received a very warm reception.

Filmed in 18 days 9/05 and doesn't look nearly as low budget as it was.

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