Starring: Michael Idemoto, Eugebia Yuan, Jacqueline Kim,
and Matt Westmore
Written/Directed by: Eric Byler
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Charlotte Sometimes nails the subtle psychotic element that
circles budding relationships. What the film lacks in high budget
toys ( like sound tweaking), it makes up for with its steady voyeuristic
lens peeking into the delicate affairs of the heart.
. Michael (Michael Idemoto) is settling back into single
life after (we get the idea) a very bad break up. He lay awake
at night, zombie-like, riddled with ghosts of the past waltzing
also has some live company.
tenant, Lori (Eugenia Yuan), has chronic insomnia - and it looks
like a big old crush on Michael. So after her nightly Rumba Romp
with her gorgeous boyfriend (Matt Westmore - who leaves ya wantin'
more -), she slips upstairs to cuddle platonically with Michael.
Each quietly just enjoying the lesser part of being alone.
When Michael meets a strange and aloof woman at a local club he
starts to think he can love again. Lori's hair goes up on the
back of her neck (metaphorically speaking of course) and we settle
in for a delightful ride.
mystery woman, Darcy (Jacqueline Kim), keeps Michael at arms length,
never quite revealing herself or letting him in. He's in a flutter.
But we get it - it's that old curse of the universe, "You
can never have what you most want" combined with, "That
which is hard to get becomes all the more desirable."
Michael who genuinely wants to love and bond with that special
someone is awakening from his smit-bug flu and is starting to
think maybe Darcy isn't what he wants at all
The joy of finding an Indie film is often those nuggets of deep
character development and the piercing non-judging truths. With
all the realism in Charlotte Sometimes, there is a hearty
weak spot within the actual dialog. Here multiple award winning
writer/director Eric Byler managed to capture the life-realism
but then had one too many "as ifs" in the dialog driven
scenes for this cinephile's tastes - even for a film set in modern
Los Angeles. Byler's faux pas surprised me frankly. Perhaps he
would have been better suited to research the patterns of a woman
in heat. He turns his femme fatale Darcy into a plastic fantasy
that is often as annoying as she is beautiful. And Eugenia Yuan
comes of as flighty and a tad pushy. She's so obviously smitten
with Michael the film's pay-off is weakened. Luckily the girls
have screen presence and pull us through.
true treat of Charlotte Sometimes is Byler's use of Michael
Idemoto. Besides being a tantalizing yumfest of extreme proportions
he quietly demands the screen. He has that inner strength fine
actors inherit and cannot study. Mr. Hotty McHot stole the film!
Sometimes' beauty is in the way it captures unfeigned awkward
relationship starts and exposes strong friendships that defy explanation.
And of course in the abundance of man beauty. Discovering Michael
Idemoto is the true treasure Charlotte offers. He should have
a bright career ahead of him. And handsome -wise this Matt Westmore's
not exactly one manly kebab a gal would pass quickly in a smokey
bar either! Another of the film's bonus points is the all-Asian
American cast; delightfully un-stereotypical and truly refreshing.
Recommendation: Dim Sum and Coronas