An interesting movie about love and relationships.
A commentary on this film would've been nice.Charlyne Yi plays herself as a girl looking for love. Since she doesn't believe in it she sets about making a documentary film to explore it. All of this makes for a fairly interesting film as we get vignettes about how a bunch of couples got together, shown to us via paper puppets. Along the way, Yi goes from documentary filmmaker to subject as she starts to develop a relationship with actor Michael Cera. This couple may or may not be a real life item (something tells me that they put together a fake relationship to give this film more cachet than it already had). In the end, this story never gets typical, but it does show that human beings need one another and that love is something that can and cannot be denied.
The featurettes that come with this DVD are:
- Paper Heart Uncut
- The Making of Paper Heart
- Love Interviews the Comedians
While I didn't have time to go too in-depth with these featurettes, I did skim around and was actually pleasantly entertained by what I was seeing. All in all, I think that Paper Heart Uncut is probably the best of the bunch. It plays as adjunct to the film and I liked the direction that this featurette went in. The one you could probably skip is The Making of Paper Heart mainly because, based on what I have seen, I don't think that this piece really did anything different. When you a have a film that is attempting to be as original as Paper Heart that is a problem.
Musical Performances and Music Videos
I usually don't review these things but since Paper Heart is an unusual film I felt that it was appropriate. We get a musical performance from Charlyne Yi and we also get the "Heaven" music video that she and Michael Cera made. Some of the music is good, some really isn't my cup of tea, ultimately, I think if you liked this movie then you will like supplemental material. If not, you will be happy to know that it doesn't take too long to watch.
Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation 1.78:1 - Given to us a like a legitimate documentary, the look of this film was fairly standard. There wasn't anything too crazy about any of the lighting set-ups, but this film did have a cozy sense of style and tone. There wasn't anything that really jumped out at me but I think that Anchor Bay did a solid job of transferring this title to DVD.
Dolby Surround 5.1 - English and Spanish Subtitles. The audio in this movie falls in line with the look it puts across. The documentary motif rules so we get choppy sound but that is the point. We also get a decent amount of scenes where the characters are deeply focused away from the lens, and then there's the obligatory moment of footage with the characters disparate voices over it. Again, nothing too special but it does the job well.
We get the same image on this DVD cover that was used for this movie's theatrical release. Yi and Cera running down a hill with the production frantically taking off behind them. The back cover gives us 3 images from the film, some trinkets from the puppet scenes, a description of what this movie is about, a Special Features listing, a cast list and technical specs.
I really liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. Initially, when Paper Heart started I thought I might be getting some bad, independently made, comedic look at love that would be laced with arm's length irony. However, as Paper Heart unfolded it became apparent that our main character couldn't help but get caught up in the stories that were being told. I didn't laugh a lot during this film but I found myself enjoying where it was going and when it ended I felt like I could've watched more. I guess when you think about it, that is probably the highest compliment that one can pay a film.
Paper Heart is certainly worth a watch. While it is no doubt scripted, it is nice to see filmmakers playing with the characters and form of the filmic medium.