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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Jason Palmer ...
Guy
Desiree Garcia ...
Madeline
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Elena
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Karen Adelman ...
Karen
Suzanne Bouffard ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
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Laura
Bernard Chazelle ...
Paul
Gonzalo Digenio ...
John
Frank Garvin ...
Frank
Eli Gerstenlauer ...
Eli
Carolyn Glicklich ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Greg ...
Greg Duncan
Keith Gross-Hill ...
Keith
Kevin Harris ...
Kevin
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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$3,233 (USA) (5 November 2010)

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$33,793 (USA) (27 May 2011)
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Je Savais Pas
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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A tender tale of torment, trumpet, and tap
21 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shot in black and white on a hand-held 35 mm DXL Supreme MP, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a period piece without a period, a beautiful glimpse into a world without beauty, a heart-rending portrayal of the heartless. The film swings (no pun intended :)!!) between tortured silences and undistilled brassy mirth, with a fantastic debut performance from trumpeter and lead man Jason Palmer.

Chazelle's entrance onto the scene is nothing short of momentous, an omen of good things to come in a struggling industry. He brings art and subtlety back to a genre that has recent been diluted by big Oscar grabs (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records) and will be sure to make an impression at Tribeca.

This film would be a perfect ten, were it not for Bernard Chazelle's somewhat tepid makeout scene. Go for it, man! When else will you find yourself with a beautiful and eager girl half your age ... on camera?! Other than this one shortcoming, which will be sure to draw a few tsk-tsks from the monocled section at Tribeca, the film is FLAWLESS.

Bravo.


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