I began to realize this would not be the story of how they ended in each other's arms, but the story of how they got past each other's defenses--or under each other's skins. Darcy appears and disappears. She is inquisitive about the nature of his relationship with Lori: Are they really only friends? Jacqueline Kim suggests a need and pain in her character that is never forced, but always there, just out of sight, and scary.
The writer-director, Eric Byler, who says he dislikes expository dialogue,
presents Darcy and Michael in an uncannily realistic way: This relationship,
with all of its trying and testing, its game-playing and sudden darts
toward feeling, is more real than most movies allow. There are scenes
in which we sense more is going on than anyone admits, but the movie lets
us speculate without spoiling everything with dramatic revelations. We
participate in this
"Charlotte Sometimes" is the best of the films I've seen so
far at the Hawaii festival, which has emerged as a premiere showcase for
films of the Pacific Rim. Now underwritten by Louis Vuitton Hawaii, the
festival has 200 films and some 40 premieres this year, in commercial
theaters on Waikiki Beach, at a multiplex at the old Dole Cannery and
at the Hawaii Academy of Arts. Enormous
What films like this represent is a breakthrough for Asian-American
Films like "Charlotte Sometimes" and Justin Lin's Sundance hit "Better Luck Tomorrow," also showing here, show Asian-American characters who do not "represent their community" or project a "positive image" or do anything else except what characters in all good movies do: be themselves, in a way that is fascinating and illuminating.
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