Someone to Love
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Someone To Love centers around a movie director's (Henry Jaglom) puzzled search for romance and his attempt to find out why life and love haven't worked out quite like anyone expected. Aiding on his quest on this very special Valentine's Day are his non live-in girlfriend (Andrea Marcovicci), his brother (Michael Emil), a famous actress (Sally Kellerman), and his old friend and mentor Orson Welles. Welles talks about men, women, love and movies, summing up the wit and wisdom of a lifetime, as if he somehow knew this was to be his final screen role!
A home movie?
It isn't, but it certainly was edited like one. Other than a few ruminations about life by Welles, I find this to be a dated gabfest, dizzy with -isms.
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SOMEONE TO LOVE: One of the Big Metaphors of the Me Decade said, “Your life is a movie; write your own script.” Henry Jaglom took this to heart, and deeply. His is a truly original filmmaking style: part documentary, partially scripted; films in which fictional characters improvise dialog and real people often use scripted lines. Even if it doesn’t always work, the effect does blur the line between life and art in interesting ways. Here—much like at a real party—the interview responses run the gamut from the infuriatingly banal (“I think we’re all wonderful mirrors for each other”) to the insightful (“I feel like I’m being X-rayed”) to the witty (“Who do I have to **** to get out of this movie?”).
If you can endure the “second act,” in which these clips are intercut with eavesdroppings on various pick-up attempts, you get the Big Payoff: Orson Welles as a one-man Greek Chorus, the ultimate Voice of Authority, holding court from the back of the theater, pontificating real answers to tough questions about happiness, love and loneliness in provocative monologs. Orson, in his final performance, is a brilliant, wise, laughing, happy Buddha. What a lovely valentine to us, courtesy of Henry Jaglom.