Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
Screenwriters: Nicholas Jasenovec, Charlyne Yi
Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. At the very least, she doesnâ€™t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology, and her own experiences have made herâ€”at minimumâ€”a modern-day skeptic. But this inquiry into love and its present-day manifestations suggests she hasnâ€™t entirely given up hope.
As Yi and her friend (and director), Nicholas Jasenovec, together search for answers and advice, you get the idea that this new generationâ€™s cynicism isnâ€™t the whole story. And when she meets a man after her own heartâ€¦well, you can guess the rest. Yi, a Los Angelesâ€“based artist and comedian, certainly has an interesting array of friends and acquaintances. They offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does love really exist? But is this all for real? Is it fantasy? Or is it a just a filmmakerâ€™s quest?
This is a wonderfully imagined journey of one girlâ€™s search for love. This self-conscious and self-reflective film leads us all down a â€śrabbit holeâ€ť of emotion, hope, and confusion that give this poignant, funny, and intelligent film itsâ€¦heart. Only people as aware and knowledgeable about their craft as Yi and Jasenovec can make a film as entertaining and absorbing as Paper Heart.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2009, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 88 min.
- Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award