Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Secret to Love

Broken English

While scratching around Netflix for movies to fill out my queue, I came upon a movie I'd heard about once and never again, entitled Broken English by Zoe Cassavetes. The DVD arrived in the mail 10 days ago, and I finally got around to watching it yesterday. I'm glad I did.

Netfix bills it as a romantic comedy, but it's a pretty intense story about an unhappily single woman in New York (played so convincingly by Parker Posey I found myself clutching my stomach), who's under pressure to marry and hasn't a decent prospect in sight. She hates her job. She pretty much hates her life.

She goes on a couple of sorry dates, which are depicted all too realistically (most of us have met jerks like the ones she goes out with). And then, just when she's had it, a co-worker convinces her to attend a party. She walks in, sizes it up as a loser fest, and heads for the door.

On her way out, she tries to avoid an introduction to the person who will change her beliefs about herself and life in general. But she can't avoid him. He will not be avoided.

And then, the story takes her to Paris, where a stranger gives her the secret to love.

This movie hits the mark. I highly recommend it.

Check out the trailer here.