Title: Broken English
Review/Synopsis: 8/10 This was a major guilty pleasure film for me this year. I’ve seen it at least 10 times. A sexy (seriously, he is FINE) French guy falls in love with a lady with anxiety issues, that is over 30 and terminally single. He’s only in town for a few days and invites her to come back to Paris with him and then…you should watch it! This is a slightly fantastical, romantic, independent film, but I fell head-over-heels in love with it! Something about him accepting her, with all of her baggage, right from the start and not wimping out when she reveals her issues definitely captured me. Y’all are going to think I’m crazy, but one of my favorite moments in romance movies (going back to classic Bogart films) is when the male protagonist grabs his love interest’s forearm gently, but forcefully leads her somewhere or pulls her into him. I know the feminists and social justice warriors out there are going to say this is abusive and a dysfunctional representation of proper relationships, but I like what I like and this movie has several very solid scenes in which Poupaud takes charge romantically. Once again, a great color palette, both protagonists did a great job with their characters (I related to the female protagonist an alarming amount), and the supporting actresses were great as well. This is a great movie to watch with girlfriends or for a Saturday afternoon with a glass of wine. It’s heart warming, hopeful, but with just enough darkness to bring it down to a realistic level. A great film to indulge the hopeless romantic in all of us!
Stars: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud
Where to watch: Netflix
I plan on making this a biannual series! I will do another month-long installment in June, but I will also post a few reviews and blogs about films leading up to and during awards season, see you movie junkies then!