Paper Heart

Year: 2009
Production Co: Overture Films
Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
Writer: Nicholas Jasenovec/Charlyne Yi
Cast: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen

Charlyne Yi is a TV star virtually unknown outside the US, where – unless you've read about the story behind this movie – you're not sure if it's real or not.

But it's not too much of a spoiler to reveal the documentary-interrupted-by-romance plot is a clever set up. Yi is traveling the US asking a disparate group of people (longtime married, divorced, you name it) what love means to them because she can't believe it will ever happen to her.

Each time she's back in LA she crosses paths with a buddy of her director, actor Michael Cera. The more the pair spend in each other's company the more smitten they become in their own uniquely dorky way (the role is tailor made for Cera's persona and approach).

Yi is a great performer for her role too, her part cheeky, part innocent face questing and sardonic in equal parts. The story never loses either narrative thread of the fictionalised love story and the (fictionalised) documentary and it never overshadows its own delivery style by ending with a huge declarative profundity on love conquering all. Shot and presented as a rough and ready doco, it's as classy with its own set-up as it is raw, and as raw as it is cute.

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