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Born Romantic

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In modern-day London, three men and three women fall in and out of love and back again, to the Greek-chorus accompaniment of two cab drivers (Ian Hart and John Thomson), who engage in an ongoing conversation about sex. In one pairing, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), a sophisticated and slightly anal art restorer, is pitted against Frankie (Craig Ferguson), a smartly dressed divorcee who still shares a flat with his bitter ex-wife. The two meet one night at a salsa club, and a caustic attraction soon flourishes. ...
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Overview

In modern-day London, three men and three women fall in and out of love and back again, to the Greek-chorus accompaniment of two cab drivers (Ian Hart and John Thomson), who engage in an ongoing conversation about sex. In one pairing, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), a sophisticated and slightly anal art restorer, is pitted against Frankie (Craig Ferguson), a smartly dressed divorcee who still shares a flat with his bitter ex-wife. The two meet one night at a salsa club, and a caustic attraction soon flourishes. Another pairing sees Mo (Jane Horrocks), a tough, love-'em-and-leave-'em Liverpuddlian, reunite with Eddie (Jimi Mistry), a clumsy bloke who was in love with Mo years before and now dreams of winning her back. Meanwhile, Jocelyn (Catherine McCormack), a young woman both neurotic and without self-esteem, finds unlikely happiness with the slovenly Fergus (David Morrissey), who bemoans the lack of love in his life. Born Romantic is the second feature of British writer/director David Kane, who made his feature debut with the similarly themed This Year's Love in 1999. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Drab British realism meets gimmicky American romantic comedy -- with mixed results -- in this ensemble piece about breaking up, making up, and salsa dancing. At its core, Born Romantic is closest in spirit to the darkly sentimental Dogme films, particularly Lone Scherfig's Italian for Beginners. Shot with handheld camera and little light, the film evinces a certain amount of desperate authenticity from its stellar cast, primarily the three talented women who form its trio of unlucky-in-love bachelorettes, Olivia Williams, Jane Horrocks, and Catherine McCormack. But the sad-sack men of the film seem to be on a different page entirely, alternating from the pathetic (Jimi Mistry) to the impossibly sage (Ian Hart) and John Thompson). Ultimately, director David Kane's grungy sense of style can't hold all the diverse elements of Born Romantic together, and what should've been a lighter-than-air souffle ends up with a consistency closer to that of a shoe sole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 883904130291
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig Ferguson Frankie
Ian Hart Second Cab Driver
Jane Horrocks Mo
Adrian Lester Jimmy
Catherine McCormack Jocelyn
Olivia Williams Eleanor
Jimi Mistry Eddie
David Morrissey Fergus
Kenneth Cranham Barney
John Thomson First Cab Driver
Paddy Considine Ray
Sally Phillips
Jessica Stevenson
Martin Savage
Sarah Scott Davis Salsa club dancer
Technical Credits
Dave Kane Director, Screenwriter
Robert Alazraki Cinematographer
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Michele Camarada Producer
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
Jina Jay Casting
Alistair MacLean-Clark Executive Producer
Michael Parker Editor
David Reid Asst. Director
Dan Rose Musical Direction/Supervision
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Stuart Wilson Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Craig Ferguson fans: You'll want this film!

    This little film creates for us a window into the lives of some modern English city folk. The social laboratory in which these characters transform from lost to found is a little dance club. The club is small and modest, but the changes that take place there are big and wonderful. All the characters are affected in their unique ways, and the fun is in going through the transformations with them. The actors are wonderful. Craig Ferguson is sweetly awkward and sexy and ultimately triumphant in his quest for love. This is not a "big" film, but a quiet little gem.

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