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Plot: A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.
A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.
Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 24 Mar 2006
I just saw this wonderful film at the Toronto Film Festival and what a delightful experience it was. It's so refreshing to see a film-maker who is willing to take the huge, bold risks that John Turturo has taken in his direction. Also, what a treat it was to see James Gandofini, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken and Kate Winslet singing and dancing and making outrageous and exciting acting choices. A wonderful selection of music, a charming and literate script and consistently good performance....what else could you ask for in a movie. Watch for Elaine Stritch in a brief role that is <more>
should be required viewing for any acting student. Also loved the work of Aida Turturro. This film was a joy to watch!
21st century cinema at it's best. Entertaining and original. (by andiedan)
A film truly worthy of the Coen brothers. If you like their films, you'll love this one. It was not surprising to see that they were the producers. John Turturro's original script and direction make this a very fresh and enjoyable experience. The actors must have enjoyed making the film as this comes across very strongly.The choice of backdrop - New York suburbs and anonymous looking workers' housing - only serves only to emphasise the colourfulness of each of the characters. Like Robert Altman's films, the banal is turned into the extraordinary using popular music and quite <more>
original camera work. Personally, I don't see this film as a "musical" in the sense that the music is not used to tell the story but rather as mood pieces for various scenes.This is one of the few films that I will invest in the DVD as soon as it is out.
I worked in the same building as John Turturro and let him know how much I enjoyed his work. He responded by calling me and inviting me to a screening of Romance and Cigarettes. The film was rough and unfinished voice overs needed to be done but it instantly became one of my favorite movies. Susan Sarandon is fantastic and James Gandolfini shows he can not be playing "Tony Soprano" and still hold your attention and gain your respect as an actor. I will also say that Christopher Walkin is at his best. The movie is entertaining, fun, painful and thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish <more>
When I first heard about this film, I knew that I would love it. I knew that it would have quirky dialogue and stilted situations and yet be fantastically fantastic, not to mention the dream cast. The thing that closed the deal for me was finding out that one of Susan Sarandon's songs would be "Piece of My Heart." When I heard that, I knew that I NEEDED to see this film.I was not let down in the slightest.I love how it takes something we all do at any given time seek solace in singing a song that portrays how we're feeling and makes a movie around it. The cast is simply to <more>
die for. They're all amazing, though we could have used more Mary-Louise Parker and Eddie Izzard, and it's a perfect film for all of them.Love it...absolutely love it.
This is how The Sopranos series should end, I don't know how that series ends, but deep in our hearts this is probably how we all feel it should. What a great movie, right from the start. Got me in the same way Pulp Fiction had got me the first time I watched it, When you know immediately that hey this is going to be good. James Gandolfini is so sweet in this one, he even gets knocked out by a bum. Great soundtrack to this film, I mean its practically a musical. If its out on CD i got to have it. A great great cast too with master performances. I hope to see more of Turturro's work as <more>
a director in the near future. May the imagination for movies with new recipes and this was the case and that let go to love in itself be kept up and kept Supreme.
a delight for the mind, the eyes, and the ears (by rob-2246)
Although I had never heard of this film, I had to see it when I read that the cast included Susan Sarandon, possibly the sexist actress out there, and James Gandolfini. And then I noticed the Coen Brothers involvement and anticipated a winner.The opening scenes seemed to be a preamble to a simple story about betrayal in an everyman sort of family. And then there was music. And James Gandolfini was singing a Tom Jones hit if my recollection is right in the street accompanied by dancing policemen. I grinned from ear to ear for the entire remainder of the film.I am waiting to see the film <more>
again, in part to decide whether the lover so colorfully portrayed by Kate Winslett, was a fantasy or a reality. It doesn't really matter because she was so real for Nick Murder. Mary-Louise Parker was at her quirkiest as one of his daughters.Visually, the film includes a variety of perspectives, opening with a pullback from a microscopic view of a few pores on Nick's big toe to his entire hulking body and the sofa on which he sleeps. The music scenes are all as original as the songs chosen.Enjoy this film. There aren't many out there that entertain on so many levels.
"Romance & Cigarettes" is a flawed but endearing film. Its stylised dialogue -- often stitched together from song lyrics, lines from films and, I think, even a snatch of Beckett's Endgame -- its characters bursting into lip-synched song and dance, its strange, disjointed scenes and its total lack of romance will doubtless annoy a lot of people hoping for something somewhat more straightforward and conventional. Personally, I was hoping for something that might address the issues of love, romance and relationships which the film, instead, prodded gently before dancing and <more>
singing around them. I would also have liked to have seen more of Mary Louise Parker, who I thought was cruelly underused. And...Eddie Izzard? And yet...and yet...I really liked this film. It had an inventiveness and a quirky charm, a surreal, loopy approach to narrative and dialogue, was beautifully filmed and -- within limitations of the form -- wonderfully acted. Particular kudos to Kate Winslet, unrecognizably and thoroughly dislikeable, who nonetheless "sings" one of the more heart-stopping numbers, Ute Lemper's version of Cave & Piseks "Little Water Song", while underwater. Meanwhile, adding to his gallery of whacked-out and weird characters, Christopher Walken delivers what must be one of his weirdest performances yet as the Elvis-idolising Cousin Bo. Like a lot of things in this film, you have to see it to believe it, and even then you won't be too sure.I see cultdom beckoning for this little gem, late-night showings, repeated viewings, singalongs and favourite lines of dialogue bandied about like a secret currency. It's unlikely that it would have been made if it wasn't John Turturro writing and the Coens producing, but now it's out there, I recommend it be seen, if only for curiosity value. You either hate it or love it and -- for all its flaws -- I loved it.
Great movie - don't be put off by the "musical" tag (by goodsela)
John Turturro has created something very special here. Look at the cast list. The names alone make it a must-see for many cinema lovers, yet the description of musical might also put many off. Well don't worry. This film uses existing songs to enhance emotional statements at intervals throughout this gritty film. It mixes them with Brooklyn working life, some sex, lots of humour and pathos and fantastically it all works. The songs are used a la Dennis Potter and seep in and out of the narrative flow as easily as a gentle voice-over. Great performances by everyone but stunners from Kate <more>
Winslet now that's a proper body , Elaine Stritch "Every breath is a victory" and Christopher Walken, always riveting. James Gandolfini plays a slightly different Tony Soprano but that fits in just right. Quite simply a pleasure from first 'til last. Thank you John.
Good music, well-choreographed dancing, quirky sense of humor, a little dark. A bunch of good actors are giving a solid performance. They appear to have enjoyed themselves. Susan Sarandon is great, Kate Winslet deliciously foul-mouthed. The photography is mostly very aesthetic, although of course not as perfect as that of the Coen brothers, who produced the movie. The movie fits well into the universe of the Coen brothers' work while having its own special character. Good job, John Turturro, a very enjoyable movie! I wasn't aware of Turturro as a director. IMDb shows he has made two <more>
earlier movies, in 1992 and 1998 both as a director and a writer, just as with this present movie . Those movies had low scores. After Romance & Cigarettes I will be keeping my eyes open for this new director. As the title suggests, there is a lot of smoking in this movie, but it can hardly be seen as positive advertising for the tobacco industry, fortunately. Conservative Christians had better avoid this movie, it would only upset them. An 8 out of 10.