My Blueberry Nights

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In Wong Kar Wai's debut English language feature, the internationally acclaimed director takes his audience on a dramatic journey across the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning.

After a rough break-up, Elizabeth (played by songstress Norah Jones in her screen debut) sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend; a cafe owner (Jude Law) -- all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop (David Strathairn) and his estranged wife (Rachel Weisz), and a down-on-her-luck gambler (Natalie Portman) with a score to settle.

Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 208080154
UPC 796019813464
UPC 14 00796019813464
Format DVD
Release Date 12/30/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Law,Jude
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival (2007) Wong Kar Wai, Nominee, Golden Palm Award
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review An odd road movie of sorts that spends most of its time hanging around in diners, bars, and casinos (and precious little of it on the road), My Blueberry Nights will be noted in many quarters for it being the acting debut of jazz chanteuse Norah Jones. To put it bluntly: no actress is she. Playing a lovelorn young woman named Elizabeth, she first shows up in a Brooklyn diner run by Jeremy, a charming Manchester immigrant played with the expected lighthearted dash by Jude Law. In the middle of a breakup, Elizabeth moons about the cafe, eating the excellent pie (best in the city!) and chatting with Jeremy, winning his heart even as hers is breaking over somebody else...What doesn't work in any way, really, is Jones herself. Given the dialogue's sometimes over-obvious nature, Jones's blank expression and dull line readings bring little to the party. She is only occasionally juiced into more expressive performance when the actor playing opposite (particularly Strathairn and Portman) is working in overdrive. It's a nearly soulless bit of acting, and frustrating because of how it hampers the film from ever really taking flight. As a first English-language film, My Blueberry Nights is mostly a success, though set apart from Wong's previous work in that it won't have people coming back over and over again.
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Reviewer Chris Barsanti
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review As much a trifle as its title suggests, "My Blueberry Nights" sees Hong Kong stylist Wong Kar Wai applying his characteristic visual and thematic doodles to a wispy story of lovelorn Yanks. With pop music sensation Norah Jones floating through the episodic tale as a blank-page heroine striving to overcome the blues, beautifully embroidered pic generates increased interest as it travels from East to West and encounters Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman along the way, but its ambition and accomplishment remain modest in the extreme..."Blueberry" echoes the director's biggest hit, "In the Mood for Love," in its moody melancholy, claustrophic settings and highly decorative shooting style. But while the actors' dialogue delivery is perfectly natural, the aphoristic philosophical nuggets Wong favors sound banal and clunky in this context...For all its insubstantiality, "My Blueberry Nights" does provide some catnip allure that will be to some tastes. Best served will be those willing and able to embrace the general void of Elizabeth's character and place themselves within it. Jones proves agreeable but bland company in the role; she's attractive, but lacks mystery, emotional vitality and that something special behind the eyes. As if to make up for this in their scenes together, Law starts off in overdrive and only rarely downshifts; he's more effective when he does so.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Law,Jude
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine ...beautiful, romantic and hopeful.
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...has the same dreamy, romantic melancholy that distinguishes Wong's best films.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Wildly romantic.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Captures the overwhelming and uncontrollable emotional assault of loving and living...
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...a stylish and sweet film with moments of affecting brilliance...

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