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My Blueberry Nights (2007)

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A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writers:

Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay) (as W.K.W.), Lawrence Block (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Jeremy
Norah Jones ... Elizabeth
Chad R. Davis ... Boyfriend (as Chad Davis)
Katya Blumenberg Katya Blumenberg ... Girlfriend
John Malloy John Malloy ... Diner Manager
Demetrius Butler ... Male Customer
Frankie Faison ... Travis
David Strathairn ... Arnie
Adriane Lenox ... Sandy
Rachel Weisz ... Sue Lynne
Benjamin Kanes ... Randy
Cat Power ... Katya (as Chan Marshall)
Michael Hartnett Michael Hartnett ... Sunglasses
Natalie Portman ... Leslie
Michael May Michael May ... Aloha
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Storyline

Elizabeth's heart is broken. For solace, she drops in late at night a few times at Jeremy's diner for blueberry pie a la mode; they talk. Once, he watchers her sleep, her head on the counter. Abruptly, she leaves New York City to get away from her pain. She works a couple of jobs in Memphis. There, a heart-broken cop is drinking himself into oblivion, his ex occasionally showing up where he drinks and Lizzy works. Then, she's in Nevada, working at a casino where she uses her savings (she wants a car) to stake Leslie, a busted gambler, in a high rollers' game. After, Beth drives Leslie to Vegas where Leslie's estranged father lives. Broken relationships. What about Jeremy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

How do you say goodbye to someone you can't imagine living without?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including violence, drinking and smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El sabor de la noche See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,146, 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$866,778, 13 July 2008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Cafe Klyuch was filmed at an actual cafe and was named Cafe Palacenka and was located in the Soho district of New York City, on Grand Street right near Thompson. It was closed and torn down not long after the film was shot. See more »

Goofs

When Sue Lynne has one final confrontation with Elizabeth at the diner, she pays Arnie's tab and says "don't forget about him" but her lip movements don't match the words she's saying. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy: A few years ago, I had a dream. It began in the summer and was over by the following spring. In between, there were as many unhappy nights as there were happy days. Most of them took place in this café. And then one night, a door slammed and the dream was over.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over melting ice cream drizzling over blueberry pie, while the font is blueberry colored. See more »

Connections

References In the Mood for Love (2000) See more »

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Performed by Cat Power
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
Courtesy of Matador Records
Published by Multitude Music LLC (BMI)
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This film is a perfect movie for Norah Jones
29 January 2008 | by irishghostSee all my reviews

This film is brilliant. So subtle and well crafted is the storytelling. The cast is perfect. If you like Norah Jones and her music you will absolutely love this movie. It is about human emotion, growth, hurt,longing,finding inner peace. Every emotion she brings to her songs Norah Jones and the rest of the cast bring to this movie. Every character represents another "Life Lesson" that Elizabeth (Norah Jones character) needs to meet to bring her to the peace she needs to find. Or, at least, an understanding of who she is that she can be happy with. Which makes the ending such a wonderful beginning.

Jude Law is his usual charming English embracing persona. Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman achieve so much with such small supporting roles. David Strathairn is perfectly cast and is just an incredible actor. The director did an incredible job of pacing the film to let each moment of reflection absorb into the audience. The photography was just as exquisite in its detail and subtle importance of meaning.

Where this film really succeeds is in not falling into the Hollywood pitfalls of so many indie movies where the the film becomes brooding or cynical. Throughout her journey Elizabeth finds herself; her best self. Like her music, you will sometimes feel the melancholia she feels, sometimes feel the hope and desire, the longing for love or the want of confidence in one's self. But after all the reflections, in the end you will be happy with the experience. The only thing missing from this film was a great Van Morrison song like "in the Midnight" or "Someone like you" to add to the atmosphere. I don't think i have seen any of Kar Wai Wong's {the director} films but I look forward to seeing them all now. Start to finish, this movie is brilliant.


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