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Broken English (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 July 2008 (France)
Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties, alone with job she's outgrown and a mother who constantly ... See full summary »

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Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties, alone with job she's outgrown and a mother who constantly reminds her of it all. Not to mention her best friend Audrey's "perfect marriage". But after a series of disastrous dates, Nora unexpectedly meets Julien, a quirky Frenchman who opens her eyes to a lot more than love. Written by Writer

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, brief drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Uma Americana em Paris  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,198 (USA) (22 June 2007)

Gross:

$955,625 (USA) (7 September 2007)
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Gena Rowlands (Vivien Wilder-Mann) is the mother of the director Zoe R. Cassavetes. See more »

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Jean Paul Clement: Most people are together just so they are not alone. But some people want magic. I think you are one of those people.
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Before Sunset+Lost in Translation+Sex in the City
20 September 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I like Parker Posey, she is obviously a talented actress and (I like to fantasize) chooses a lot of roles in indie films. This movie is obviously something that meant a lot to the writer/director, because it is both detailed and nonlinear. However, I did not find it really interesting. Maybe because I am a guy and I am not American.

The story is about a neurotic New York woman, desperate to find true love, and finally stumbling on it by accident with a French guy. Their romance is not everything that happens in the film, though. You have to spend a lot of time following her failed relationships, both sentimental and at work, her pushy mother, the failing marriage of her best friend and a lot of other stuff. As a "life movie" how my parents called this kind of stories, it makes a good one, but not much of an attractive one. Or maybe I just didn't empathize with anyone in it.

Bottom line: solid direction and acting, but quite a bore of a script. Women might enjoy it more, but judging by the reaction of my wife, it takes a bit more than just gender.


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