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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Darcy / Charlotte
... Lori
... Michael (as Michael Idemoto)
... Justin
Shizuko Hoshi ... Aunt
... Annie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Jason on TV
... Nightclub Owner
Andrew J. Turner ... Andrew
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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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Sometimes the truth is in the lie.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and some language

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11 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,284, 4 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,500, 6 July 2003
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In the scene where Michael flings the garbage bag into the garbage can on the street from a distance, there were three takes and Michael Aki successfully hit the target all three times. See more »

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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

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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 See 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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