All The Real Girls


David Gordon Green's follow-up to his lush debut George Washington is an almost unbearably romantic tale of a small love gone wrong in a nowhere place. Nothing new, maybe, but the film's effect lies in recognising this. Green registers every hesitant smile, glance and sweet nothing of dialogue between Paul Schneider and Zooey Deschanel, while making it clear that the world goes on when their relationship doesn't - although it's the biggest thing to have happened to either of them.

Schneider gives a warm, easy performance as the man who's been about a bit, but it's Deschanel who takes the film, as the real girl he over-idealises. An intelligent, generous movie, played with a naturalism that rings tender-true.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 1st 2004

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