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Tony Chiu Wai Leung,
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Elizabeth's heart is broken. For solace, she drops in late at night a few times at Jeremy's diner for blueberry pie a la mode; they talk. Once, he watchers her sleep, her head on the counter. Abruptly, she leaves New York City to get away from her pain. She works a couple of jobs in Memphis. There, a heart-broken cop is drinking himself into oblivion, his ex occasionally showing up where he drinks and Lizzy works. Then, she's in Nevada, working at a casino where she uses her savings (she wants a car) to stake Leslie, a busted gambler, in a high rollers' game. After, Beth drives Leslie to Vegas where Leslie's estranged father lives. Broken relationships. What about Jeremy? Written by
De Usuahla A La Quiaca
Performed and Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
Courtesy of Nonesuch by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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It's leavened, golden-crusted 'Wong Kar-Wai' flavored pie - savory, indeed.
Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" finally arrived in San Francisco this weekend. What a treat. The ingredients/casting to this blueberry pie, Wong Kar-Wai flavored brand, is perfectly leavened. You might say it's "Chungking Express" (1994) of the western kind (this being WKW's first English-speaking feature film). The usual suspects are there: the delicate balance of man-woman relationships; an eatery with hard-working and personable owner; simple, clean typographic design (time and distance flashed on screen for mind association); neon lights
camera approaches: subjects shot through the 'looking-glass'
facilitating in the moment observer experience; and no escape: he likes to include a cop in uniform in his stories (smile). Also, Wong's attention to selections of music in the background - that 'silent' collaborative touch to a WKW storytelling is again appreciated, and we are given the masterful strains of Ry Cooder.
Jude Law is Jeremy the affable 'cafe' owner in NY (in his ever casual eloquence & performance in economy), the connection to Nora Jones' Elizabeth (Lizzie/Beth), a love-lost forlorn young woman in search of 'redemption' from being 'forsaken'. David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz (Arnie and Sue Lynne) smoldering segment at times reminds me of "As Tears Go By" (1988 aka 'Mongkok Carmen' - film title in Chinese) where emotions run wild, situation smothers and fumes, and Weisz' somewhat unexpected moments of composure matches Maggie Cheung's thespian deftness in other WKW's 'filmic' journeys. Strathairn is always in his effortless performance impeccable - joy to watch in spite of the misery his character is in.
'My Blueberry Nights' is also sort of a road movie, where Beth moves on to Nevada casinos and encountered Natalie Portman's Leslie - another layered delivery. The three-segment storytelling is linked by Elizabeth continually being in touch with Jeremy in NY via written postcards, finding in a way, a soul mate to talk to. As time goes by, and learning from her experiences & interaction with Leslie (who herself learned the hard way how to cherish family and friends), came full circle back to the café in NY - this being another WKW 'trademark' storyline, where love somehow finds its way to give two souls a second chance, even though one party has to take the time to discover and liberate oneself, to graciously accept the salvation of love.
Yes, lick it up clean those creamy white smudges and seal with kisses to the one you love. A story of love is never 'cheesy' or mundane, or simple - it's how you view the situations, and willingness to give rather than taking things - the affection of another person, for granted. With that open state of mind, you will very well enjoy this offering of "My Blueberry Nights" from accomplished writer-director-producer, Wong Kar-Wai: a skillful 'filmic' storyteller in the domains of love.
A possible companion storytelling in the domains of love from the down-to-earth perspective of a woman writer-director-filmmaker is "Waitress" 2007 (available on DVD), by the talented Adrienne Shelly. There you'll get to experience all kinds of tasty pies and slices of life.
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