Director: Wong Kar Wai
Casts: Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman
Elizabeth’s heart is broken. For solace, she drops in late at night a few times at Jeremy’s diner for blueberry pie a la mode; they talk. Once, he watchers her sleep, her head on the counter. Abruptly, she leaves New York City to get away from her pain. She works a couple of jobs in Memphis. There, a heart-broken cop is drinking himself into oblivion, his ex occasionally showing up where he drinks and Lizzy works. Then, she’s in Nevada, working at a casino where she uses her savings (she wants a car) to stake Leslie, a busted gambler, in a high rollers’ game. After, Beth drives Leslie to Vegas where Leslie’s estranged father lives. Broken relationships. What about Jeremy?
This Wong Kar Wai’s English-language feature film debut is portraying human relationship in a sweet way. Everything almost took place in a cafe or a bar: encountering new people, talking about life, connection, etc. I like how the scene is shot outside the cafe, through the window, the pace-up scene, it is just right. Poetic. Yup, that’s what I sense from this movie. Poetic, sweet, but taste just right without overly dramatic. That’s what I like. Kinda remind me of Chungking Express, the “scent” is similar but it is not redundant. Only the downfall is, Norah Jones cannot act well, sorry dear. Your jazzy tunes capture the scene in Jeremy’s coffee shop in a sweet way, but yeah, stay on the OST track not on the screen. By the way, Rachel Weisz is the rock on gorgeous lady, magnificent acting skill.
This is one of the most heart-throbbing quote in this movie,
Elizabeth: “How do you say goodbye to someone you can’t imagine living without? I didn’t say goodbye. I didn’t say anything. I just walked away.”
You can watch the trailer to taste a bit of the Blueberry 🙂