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Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

Director:

Eric Byler

Writers:

Eric Byler (screenplay), Eric Byler (story) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jacqueline Kim ... Darcy / Charlotte
Eugenia Yuan ... Lori
Michael Aki ... Michael (as Michael Idemoto)
Matt Westmore ... Justin
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Aunt
Kimberly-Rose Wolter ... Annie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Jacobs ... Jason on TV
Michael Krawic ... Nightclub Owner
Andrew J. Turner Andrew J. Turner ... Andrew
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Storyline

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

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Taglines:

Sometimes the truth is in the lie.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duplex See more »

Filming Locations:

Buttonwillow, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,284, 4 May 2003

Gross USA:

$150,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,554
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Visionbox Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of the film is taken from a song by The Cure. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mandarin
Written and Performed by Bjorn Schaller
Guitar Performed by Freddie Koella
Courtesy of LARRY THE LAZY LIZARD MUSIC (BMI)
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an excellent film, worth tracking down
13 March 2004 | by davidalsSee all my reviews

Oft-remarkable, the lone flaw here is its' energy level - with very impressive performances, and through great use of shadows and silences, CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES often generates an unforgettable tension, but this isn't sustained effectively 100% of the time. Aside from this complaint, this is a fantastic film - subtle in its' story, the characters reveal themselves slowly, and come across as real people, with some very real dysfunctions. Eric Byler's direction is careful, measured and free of gimmicks; and the story is notable as a story with an Asian-American cast that isn't about ethnicity, but instead zeroes in on general human dilemmas. A striking and strong debut (and a GREAT model for non-white American filmmakers), this film is worth seeking out.


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