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Broken English (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 July 2008 (France)
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Since college (art), Nora hasn't had luck with men. Now in her 30s, she works in a NYC hotel going nowhere. But then she meets a Frenchman.

Director:

Zoe R. Cassavetes (as Zoe Cassavetes)

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Zoe R. Cassavetes (as Zoe Cassavetes)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Parker Posey ... Nora Wilder
Drea de Matteo ... Audrey Andrews
Tim Guinee ... Mark Andrews
Gena Rowlands ... Vivien Wilder-Mann
Peter Bogdanovich ... Irving Mann
Roy Thinnes ... Peter Andrews
Michael Panes ... Glen
Justin Theroux ... Nick Gable
Philip Pavel ... Front Desk Worker
Melvil Poupaud ... Julien
Dana Ivey ... Elinor Gregory
William Wise William Wise ... William Gregory
Josh Hamilton ... Charlie Ross
Caitlin Keats ... Jennifer Ross
Russell Steinberg ... Carl (as Russel Steinberg)
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Storyline

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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So Many Mr. Wrongs. So Few Mr. Rights.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Sebastien Chenut who appears as one of the french guys in the café and Maud Geffray as the waitress are members of the french duo Scratch Massive who composed and produced the original score for the movie. See more »

Quotes

Nora Wilder: I think I must be doing something horribly wrong, but I don't know what it is.
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Features Army of Shadows (1969) See more »

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I guess I'm floating
Performed by M83
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Plum Part for Parker Posey
9 December 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Zoe Cassavetes' "Broken English" is a comedy/drama about an attractive young woman who, through her neuroticism and emotional insecurities, keeps sabotaging her own happiness. Even though she works as a manager and troubleshooter at a trendy Manhattan hotel, Nora Wilder doesn't lead what one would call a particularly fulfilling life. Unable to make a lasting connection with any of the men she meets, Nora finds herself drifting from one meaningless encounter to another, a situation that only exacerbates her already deep-rooted fears and vulnerabilities.

In its structure, "Broken English" has a freeform looseness that keeps it from feeling over-plotted and contrived. And while there are times when the movie seems to be serving up pretty much the same scene over and over again, Posey's winsomeness and charm make us care about the character. In fact, without her, the movie would be considerably less compelling than it is. She manages to make a likable figure out of a character who might otherwise be seen as excessively whiny and self-pitying. And even though the mood of the film is generally light and playfully ironic, there is some genuine pain in the story as well, as Nora struggles with the very real issues of loneliness, panic attacks and depression.

The actress receives impressive support from Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos"), Peter Bogdanovich, Gena Rowlands, Justin Theroux and Melvil Poupaud, but the movie is Posey's all the way.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,198, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$956,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,944,150
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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