Broken English

Broken English

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Director: Zoe Cassavetes

Cast: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo


A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As if it wasn't depressing enough to be 35 and still single, Nora…  See more details below


A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As if it wasn't depressing enough to be 35 and still single, Nora (Parker Posey) is constantly reminded by her loving but tactless mother (Gena Rowlands) just how unlucky she has been in love. Though Nora longs to enter into a blissful union like the one of her best friend, Audrey (Drea de Matteo), she finds that the dating pool just isn't what it used to be. Things soon begin to look up, however, when Nora makes the acquaintance of handsome Frenchman Julian (Melvil Poupaud). While the two share an instant chemistry that is undeniable, Nora is saddened to learn that Julian will soon be departing for his native soil. When Julian does depart, Nora laments the fact that she wasn't able to express her feelings more effectively. If only Nora could organize her scattered thoughts long enough to remember her love object's last name, she might not have to go searching out every "Julian" in Paris to locate the man of her dreams.

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Special Features

Making of Broken English: fragments of a longer story...; Deleted scenes; Higher Definition: Broken English episode

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Parker Posey Nora Wilder
Melvil Poupaud Julien
Drea de Matteo Audrey Andrews
Gena Rowlands Vivien Wilder-Mann
Justin Theroux Nick Gable
Peter Bogdanovich Irving Mann
Tim Guinee Mark Andrews
James McCaffrey Perry
Josh Hamilton Charlie Ross
Bernadette Lafont Madame Grenelle
Michael Panes Glen
Roy Thinnes Peter Andrews
Dana Ivey Elinor Gregory
Bill Wise William Gregory
Caitlin Keats Jennifer Ross
Russell Steinberg Carl
Santo Fazio Bobbi
Jean-Paul Scarpitta Jean Paul Clement

Technical Credits
Zoe Cassavetes Director,Screenwriter
Stephen Barden Sound/Sound Designer
Stacey Battat Costumes/Costume Designer
Mariela Comitini Asst. Director
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Andrew Fierberg Producer
Jason Kliot Producer
Keisuke Konishi Co-producer
Happy Massee Production Designer
John Pirozzi Cinematographer
Scratch Massive Score Composer
Adrienne Stern Casting
Selina Van Den Brink Art Director
Joana Vicente Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Andrew Weisblum Editor
Peter Zumba Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broken English
1. 5th Wedding Anniversary [5:59]
2. Mr. Gable [10:29]
3. Look Who's Here [10:31]
4. Do Something Else [8:20]
5. Trouble [6:23]
6. Go Somewhere [7:23]
7. I'm Sorry [5:22]
8. Julien? [5:36]
9. Duty Dating [5:16]
10. Is This Safe? [8:47]
11. It's Gone [3:07]
12. Raining [3:50]
13. What's Your Name? [4:15]
14. You Want Magic [2:39]
15. What Are You Doing Here? [5:02]
16. End Credits [4:18]


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Broken English 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BROKEN ENGLISH has so many of the elements of films that are becoming difficult to find these days - superb intelligent script, a story that is frankly what it is instead of an overdone parody of itself, a director who knows how to pace a storyline to keep it compelling, and a cast of first class actors who have the gift of diving right to the core of characters we all meet every day and making us care about them. Writer/director Zoë Cassavetes may be young in her trade, but she here gives evidence that she clearly knows her way about creating fine movies! Nora Wilder (a mesmerizingly fine Parker Posey) has looks, a good job as a client relations director of a smart New York hotel, but she is now in her thirties and in comparison to her friends she is a social wasteland. She simply cannot find a satisfying relationship in this time of fast one night stands. Her mother (Gena Rowlands) is supportive of her plight and her best friend Audrey (Drea De Mateo, proving that she indeed is a fine actress) who is supposedly in a 'good marriage' with Mark (Tom Guinee) understands her needs and is willing to help, but all Nora can end up with are losers like mouthy actor Nick Gable (Justin Theroux) and morning after hangovers - until she encounters Frenchman Julien (Melvil Poupaud). Julien sees and appreciates Nora for who she is and while Nora seems on the brink of having found the perfect guy, her past history of failed romances prevents her from staying in the moment. But when Julien must return to Paris (seemingly the door of exit for yet another mismatch), Nora eventually gathers her courage and accompanied by Audrey sets off to Paris in hopes of joining the effervescent Julien. In Paris the two women search but cannot find Julien, but what Nora finds is herself - and that is rewarded by a climax that brings the film to a satisfying close. Though Parker Posey has given us some excellent independent film roles in the past, nothing can match the magic she brings to this role. In fact the entire cast is so fine and so well motivated and directed by Cassavetes that every detail of the film is polished and shines like a the little triumph the film is. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
This is, once again, one of those underappreciated movies that you stumble upon by accident, and boy, is it worth watching! The film is about thirty-something Nora (Parker Posey), who is pretty (though not in the common way), works hard, has friends, family, but her unsuccessful love life had made her desperate and unstable. It is painful to watch her trying to fly with her broken wings, having no faith in herself, not knowing who she is, and what she wants, ending up on bad dates, bad one night stands, and feeling utterly shattered. Parker Posey is amazing in the role. Nora meets Julien, a French guy, who seems to see right through her and accepts her the way she is, but has to go back to France (and I am not sure whether that was not in fact a means of escape to him - their love could not work until Nora learns to accept and love herself, and mostly respect herself enough to make good choices). Nora, gathering her courage, goes after him to Paris with good friend, but ends up not finding Julien. At first, she is devastated, but then learns to appreciate being alone, and finding out who she is. (And of course, where else better than Paris). The movie does have a happy ending, but even without that, you would walk away feling good for Nora. The acting is superb, the script is well written, and I loved both Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud, they lift the movie well above average. Well worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You won't be sorry if you watch this movie. The writing, directing and acting are superb. This may be the best performance ever from Parker Posey. Definitely worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written and well-acted film. Parker Posey plays the character of Nora superbly - annoying yet endearing, and Melvil Poupaud is wonderful as Frenchman Julian. And hot, it can't be denied, but that's rather beside the point. Anyway, give it a try, I'm sure you'll like it.
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