Manhattan Romance

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A filmmaker working on a documentary about love in modern Manhattan becomes personally entangled in the romantic lives of his subjects.

Year: 2014
Certificate: G
Director: Tom O’Brien
Starring: Gaby Hoffmann, Zach Grenier, Louis Cancelmi, Katherine Waterston, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Tom O’Brien

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I’ll start this review by saying that if you are looking for a romantic comedy then ‘Manhattan Romance’ is not for you, in fact I’m not even sure why Netflix has categorised it under that genre. It has a few scenes that will make you giggle but there are no laugh-out-loud moments and certainly no where near enough laughs for it to be classed as a comedy.

‘Manhattan Romance’ is not your traditional romantic film, and it is definitely not a chick flick; instead it is a more realistic look at the ups and downs of love, friendship and relationships. The protagonist of the story is a video editor called Danny, who, in his spare time, is working on a documentary about relationships in New York City. Whilst he is working on his documentary Danny is also trying to work out his feelings about his own relationship with the free-spirited and somewhat controlling Theresa. When Danny’s best friend, Carla, becomes more frustrated with her girlfriend, Emmy, the lines between relationships become even more blurred. Although the outcome of the film, like many romantic dramas, is predictable lots is left to the viewer’s own imagination as to what may or may not have happened; thankfully there is no big fanfare ending but that is what makes the film worth watching.

Part of the uniqueness of ‘Manhattan Romance’ is how the film is entwined with footage of the interviews Danny is conducting, these really highlight how Danny is feeling about his relationships at that particular time. Although it can occasionally make the storyline hard to follow, and the shaky / weird camera angles do need getting used to. However, this in no way detracts from the brilliant story telling by all the actors.

So if you’re looking to watch a romantic film that will appeal to both sexes this Valentine’s Day and that isn’t all lovey-dovey ‘Manhattan Romance’ is the film for you.

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