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Broken English

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Zoe Cassavetes

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About the Movie

A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As if it wasn't depressing enough to be 35 and still single, Nora (Parker Posey) is constantly reminded by her loving but tactless mother (Gena Rowlands) just how unlucky she has been in love. Though Nora longs to enter into a blissful union like the one of her best friend, Audrey (Drea de Matteo), she finds that the dating pool just isn't what it used to be. Things soon begin to look up, however, when Nora makes the acquaintance of handsome Frenchman Julian (Melvil Poupaud). While the two share an instant chemistry that is undeniable, Nora is saddened to learn that Julian will soon be departing for his native soil. When Julian does depart, Nora laments the fact that she wasn't able to express her feelings more effectively. If only Nora could organize her scattered thoughts long enough to remember her love object's last name, she might not have to go searching out every "Julian" in Paris to locate the man of her dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The low-key comedy Broken English is a textbook example of an Indiewood film: a Hollywood fantasy wrapped in plain brown paper. – Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The always-riveting and criminally underused Posey gives a beautifully calibrated performance, possibly her most realized and multidimensional to date. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: A promising first film with moments exceeding that promise. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Director] Cassavetes shows genuine, even original, talent in the way she creates emotional connections between camera and character, via fluid movement and unhinged perspective. But the advantage of having Posey as her lead shouldn't be underestimated. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Deeply satisfying

I loved this film! I liked the lead character and found myself falling in love right along with her. No easy ending here, but deeply satisfying.Highly recommend!

I love this film

This film is wonderful. I'm kicking myself for renting: should have purchased instead.


A deeply melancholy film to watch on a rainy day when you can share the characters misery. Truely one of my favorites.

Broken English
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2007

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