My Blueberry Nights: A "Truly Lovely Film"

Opening Friday is the sublime, beautiful new film from Wong Kar Wai, My Blueberry Nights. Director Wong Kar Wai’s (In The Mood For Love) first English language film shot in America stars Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and is a wistfully romantic tone poem. Jude Law plays a NY café owner who gets periodic postcards from Elizabeth (Norah Jones) as she winds her way across country trying to get over a bad love affair.

Along the way she meets other battered souls -- a cop (David Straithairn, who’s superb) drowning his sorrows in alcohol over his wife (Rachel Weisz) leaving him. And in Nevada a reckless gambler (Natalie Portman) who cannot convince Elizabeth that most people shouldn’t be trusted. The last few Wong Kar Wai films have been about wistful regret and this is a comforting step in a different direction. The cinematography and soundtrack is swooningly lush, and there are moments of aching poignancy in this minor, but truly lovely film from one of cinema’s true masters.

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