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PETER AND VANDY

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Peter and Vandy is a love story told out of order about a couple that is out of order. Juxtaposing Peter and Vandy’s romantic beginnings with the twisted-manipulative-regular couple they become, the film explores the question most couples ask themselves… ‘How the hell did we get this way?’

Just saw Peter and Vandy at Sundance, and I’m hoping it gets picked up for distribution. This was one of the most realistic movie relationships I’ve ever seen, and the actors are spot on. As the director said in Q&A this morning, the stars could convey so much with a single look that he was able to cut various small chunks of dialog from the original script. I won’t ruin this film by telling you whether the ending is a happy or sad one, but it’s definitely a real one.

Don’t be put off by the knowledge that the film bounces back and forth in time. At first you think that this is just a cute stylistic choice, but before long you come to believe that the story requires it. Just when you think you know what’s going on and what’s going to happen, there’s another time shift and you discover that all your assumptions were wrong. It adds a number of very welcome surprises, the kind that you don’t expect in a romantic comedy.

October 20, 2009 - Posted by | movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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