Choose Me

Sultry and jazzy, Choose Me offers an intriguing story with Keith Carradine as Micky, a pathological liar, who escapes from a mental hospital and makes his way to Eve’s bar in an unnamed city.

Geneviève Bujold plays Dr. Nancy Love, aka Anne, enters the bar to meet with Eve, her new roommate. All the characters’ lives are interwoven and they don’t realize it. Eve calls into Dr Nancy Love’s popular radio show to get wisdom and clarity about her relationships. Dawn Rae Chung, plays a young wanna-be poet, who keeps her eye on Eve because she knows that Eve’s fooling around with her husband, who keeps getting infuriated with Mikey after he loses to him at a poker game.

The look of the film honors film noir, while the theme examines psychology and broken people in broken relationships pushing on in spite of their struggles.

I saw the film when it came out in 1984 and again now. I still appreciated the structure and dialog, but this time I around I noticed how the darkness of the film and the jaded approach to marriage and relationships doomed the characters. I felt sorry for them both times I watched, but this time I also felt sorry for the filmmaker for needing to make such a skeptical film.

Nonetheless, Choose Me offers great performances and a wonderful soundtrack. It’s worth a look, though it’s not in the “must-see” category.

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