8 Great ... Long Distance Romances

Oct 24, 2011 Comments

Whether or not you’re a fan of the no-frills “mumblecore” films that surfaced over the last decade, you might want to check out this twitchy romance, co-starring, co-written and co-directed by the king and queen of the sub-genre, Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig. Mattie (Gerwig) lives in New York, while James (Swanberg) is in Chicago, and for the film’s first half, they’re clearly hot for each other — they basically start having sex the moment she arrives at his apartment, although it’s as unglamorous and realistically awkward a screen coupling as you’ll ever see. But things get a lot less hot-and-heavy in the latter portion of the movie, as James’ career takes off, and his visits to Manhattan are way more for work than about Mattie.

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