on 1 March 2010
Choose Me, along with the other Alan Rudolph films I've seen, appears to resist categorization. And this is a condition that does not necessarily disappear with successive viewings. Because the tone is pitched squarely but elusively between the naturalistic and stylized, the film, as with Trouble in Mind, can be a disarming watch. For the unprepared, this can produce unintentional guffaws; but once you make allowances for the director's highly individual approach the results are truly sparkling. The story itself centres around an LA bar and its patrons' criss-crossing love lives. But, as hinted, the landscapes presented may never be quite what they seem...and the radio sex therapist (played by the brilliant Genevieve Bujold) at the film's heart could possibly hold the key to the unravelling of this psychodrama. All in all, Choose Me is a slick, puzzling, and very entertaining--not romantic comedy--but romance with deft comic touches.