Wong Kar Wai is one of today's most original and visually unique directors. His highly stylized, non-linear storytelling is more like experiencing a dream than watching a film. He seeks to communicate sensory impressions over quantifiable details. His plots pale in comparison to his stream-of-consciousness poetry. And how exactly does one describe the plot of a poem? It is a thing disjoined, impressionistic, ephemeral and open to interpretation.

Internationally acclaimed in his native Hong Kong, Wong is hoping his visual and philosophical technique translates for Western audiences in his debut English language feature, My Blueberry Nights. Like his ravishingly beautiful In the Mood for Love and 2046, the director's latest film is less about narrative and more about the sort of sultry visual moodiness that lingers with us long after the facts of the story have faded.

When we first meet Elizabeth (songstress Norah Jones in her screen debut), she is a woman suffering from emotional shell shock. Night after night, she wanders into Jeremy's (Jude Law) Manhattan diner in a trance-like daze, searching for an absent boyfriend. Full of empathy and omniscient advice, Jeremy looks forward to Elizabeth's visits. But she vanishes from his life and his diner the night she finally finds her lover canoodling back at his apartment with another woman. Heartbroken, she flees the city.

Not knowing whether she is running from or toward something, Elizabeth ends up in Memphis, Tennessee. There she befriends the troubled, alcoholic, cuckolded cop Arnie (David Strathairn) and his estranged wife, Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz; note how her character's name looks American but sounds Chinese). Sharing days at the diner and nights at the bar, Lizzie, as she ...

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My Blueberry Nights
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2½ Stars - Fair
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PG-13 (for mature thematic material including violence, drinking and smoking)
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Directed By
Kar-Wai Wong
Run Time
1 hour 35 minutes
Cast
Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman
Theatre Release
November 28, 2007 by The Weinstein Company
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