Low key, and all the better for it, Broken English explores New York thirty-something Nora's nervy, anxious search for the love which she senses is passing her by. Parker Posey is great in the role, her confidence, mood, even her appearance visibly changing from scene to scene as the movie progresses. Melvin Poupaud, as Julien, the Frenchman she runs into, is a perfect foil, sensitive to her mood swings and anxieties while, in demanding the big decision on which the film pivots, creating some fresh ones of his own.
The action swings between New York and Paris and for once Paris looks like itself, not illustrated by the usual stock footage of the Eiffel Tower seen through a hotel window. A small, resonant, genuinely romantic and very human film - I liked it a lot.