Directed by Zoe Cassavetes • 2007 • France, Japan
Starring Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo, Tim Guinee
In a startling, nuanced performance, Parker Posey plays Nora Wilder, a thirtysomething Manhattanite who is cynical about love and relationships, in this astute collaboration with first-time writer-director Zoe Cassavetes. Nora plugs away at her job in a posh downtown hotel and can’t help but wonder what it is she has to do to find a relationship as ideal as her best friend’s “perfect marriage.” It doesn’t help that her overbearing mother (Gena Rowlands) takes every opportunity to remind Nora that she’s still unattached. After a series of disastrous first dates, she meets Julien (Melvil Poupaud), a seemingly devil-may-care Frenchman with a passion for living. Expecting another disastrous ending, Nora tries to avoid making the same mistakes. Soon, she finds herself in Paris, where she must look inward to find a new outlook on life and love.