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Friday, May 21, 2010

MY LAST FIVE GIRLFRIENDS

By D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival selection

Director: Julian Kemp
Writer: Julian Kemp (screenplay) and Alain de Botton (novel)
Cast: Brendan Patricks, Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Cecile Cassel, Jane March, Edith Bukovics, Michael Sheen, Mark Benton, Johnny Ball et al.
Producers: Michael Kelk, Marion Palowsky and David Willing
Executive Producer: Steve O'Pray
Original Music: Andy Blythe and Martin Joustra
Running Time: 84 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance

Budding architect Duncan has a lot of dating problems. We meet him as he recounts tales of his last five relationships.

As he recounts the stories he wonders why the relationships failed. It causes viewers to wonder what determines the type of people with whom we fall in love.

Overall, the script is weak which causes the director to make use of many different types of story telling devices.

Duncan may be an architect, but he's paranoid and self-absorbed and fairly boring. It could very well be that it's his continual neediness that interferes with his relationships.

At least, with his fifth girlfriend, the relationship seems to depend on the girl being deliberately blind to his weaknesses and failings.

In addition to being needy, Duncan spends so much time talking about himself that one can well imagine his self-obsession is preventing him from getting that long-lasting relationship.