Charlotte Sometimes

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Overview

Four twentysomethings living in the hip L.A. suburb of Silverlake struggle with love, lust, and ennui in this independently produced feature, nominated for two 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. Taking its title from the Cure song of the same name, Charlotte Sometimes concerns the shadowy existence of Michael (Michael Idemoto) and Lori (Eugenia Yuan), next-door neighbors who form an intimate -- if sexless -- friendship. Lori, committed to her sexually carnivorous boyfriend, Justin (Matt Westmore), but more ...
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Overview

Four twentysomethings living in the hip L.A. suburb of Silverlake struggle with love, lust, and ennui in this independently produced feature, nominated for two 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. Taking its title from the Cure song of the same name, Charlotte Sometimes concerns the shadowy existence of Michael (Michael Idemoto) and Lori (Eugenia Yuan), next-door neighbors who form an intimate -- if sexless -- friendship. Lori, committed to her sexually carnivorous boyfriend, Justin (Matt Westmore), but more emotionally connected to Michael, tries to convince her platonic neighbor to find a girlfriend. Fed up with his unrequited love for Lori, Michael does just that, hooking up with the dark and mysterious Darcy (Jacqueline Kim). But as Michael navigates his budding romance with Darcy, jealousies erupt with the other couple, and the secrets the co-eds withhold from each other threaten to break the two relationships apart. Written, directed, and edited by first-time filmmaker Eric Byler, Charlotte Sometimes had its premiere at the 2002 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Commentary #1 - Director Eric Byler, Michael Idemoto and Eugenia Yuan; Commentary #2 - Director Eric Byler, Jacqueline Kim and Matt Westmore; Roger Ebert moderated Q&A session ; Behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers and interviews
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
When a first-time filmmaker manages to achieve a distinctive vision, it's tempting to attribute all of his film's idiosyncrasies to the director's game plan. But Charlotte Sometimes is as much the product of rookie writer/director Eric Byler's inexperience as it is of his considerable talent. Told in a loose-limbed, elliptical style, the film allows its central relationships to come into focus slowly, through the accumulation of minute observations. But, in his quest to allow the story to tell itself, Byler sometimes forces the audience to fill in too many gaps. Motivations that should eventually spring into sharp relief remain vague and muddled. Meanwhile, at the level of plot and chronology, the final edit includes too many oversights; it's as if the connective logic between one moment and the next becomes unraveled at rare but regular intervals. For those willing to overlook such flaws, however, Charlotte Sometimes is a worthy investment of 90 minutes. The four central actors are uniformly compelling and unforced, especially Jacqueline Kim as the complex, manipulative Darcy. Byler's screenplay manages to allude to the cultural baggage of first- and second-generation immigrants while playing the central story as a universal relationship drama. The climax doesn't click, but it's fun getting there, and the director wisely keeps the running time as low-key as the script. Charlotte Sometimes is a modest debut, but one that deserves the acclaim it's received.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 829567001721
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,355

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Idemoto Michael
Jacqueline Kim Darcy
Eugenia Yuan Lori
Matt Westmore Justin
Shizuko Hoshi Auntie Margie
Kimberly-Rose Wolter Annie
Andrew J. Turner Andrew
Technical Credits
Eric Byler Director, Editor, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Marc Ambrose Asst. Director, Producer
Michael Brook Score Composer
Cody ChesnuTT Songwriter
Brooke Dammkoehler Co-producer
Gary Day Sound/Sound Designer
Stacy V. Herman Casting
Robert Humphereys Cinematographer
Marianne Kai Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenn Kashima Editor
Michael Kastenbaum Executive Producer
Lara Lyon Co-producer
John Bard Manulis Executive Producer
Christopher Miller Co-producer
Bradley North Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Shinso Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Women My Guitars [3:45]
2. The Red Stairs [3:26]
3. He Knows We're Just Friends [5:05]
4. Into the Darkness [2:41]
5. Is it Broken? [2:43]
6. You Can Come With Me if You Want [3:14]
7. There Used to Be a Door There [5:00]
8. Eye Contact [2:26]
9. There's Someone at Your Door [3:43]
10. So...What's Her Name? [2:40]
11. No Shortcuts [6:38]
12. Lunch, Sex and War [5:40]
13. Tennis [4:10]
14. Hoping You'd Spend the Night [4:29]
15. Monterey [4:49]
16. So Many Pretty Lies [2:34]
17. Thought You Left [2:16]
18. So Hard You Scream [3:31]
19. Exodus [4:37]
20. Stand Up [4:26]
21. Forgive Me Michael? [4:28]
22. End Credits [3:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Bonus Material
      Theatrical Trailer
      Commentary #1 - Director Eric Byler With Actors Michael Idemoto and Eugenia Yuan
      Commentary #2 - Director Eric Byler With Actors Jacqueline Kim and Matt Westmore
      Roger Ebert Moderated Q&A Session
      Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Bloopers, and Interviews
   Scene Selections
   Spanish Subtitles
   Short Feature By Joel Fendelman
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