Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
For his feature debut, writer-director Damien Chazelle has fashioned a contemporary musical, shot in 16 mm black-and-white on the streets of Boston and New York. During the film's opening credits, we learn that Guy (professional musician Jason Palmer), a trumpet player, and Madeline (Desiree Garcia), a grad student looking for work, have broken up. The film then flashes back briefly to show how Guy's dalliance with Elena (Sandha Khin), an outgoing young woman he met on the subway, caused the breakup. The film follows Guy and Madeline as they try to make their way, post-breakup. Guy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whenever "Guy and Madeline" becomes a musical, it soars."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Guy and Madeline is a decidedly modern film, whose frightened, impulsive, charming characters could walk into our lives tomorrow."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Chazelle is an exceptionally talented filmmaker. Let's hope the independent film world has enough life left in it to do him justice."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"Strongly influenced by Demy's Umbrellas of Cherbourg."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's meandering, whimsical and definitely different."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
""Guy and Madeline'' is the work of an artist - Damien Chazelle - you want to know better. It's whimsical and winsome and a touch quaint."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"[An] extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut..."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A celebration of cinephilia and music and dance"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Equally nostalgic and fresh-faced, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a bohemian musical that owes as much to Cassavetes Shadows as it does the French musicals of the '30s."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Enchanting song-and-dance numbers burst onto the screen as full-fledged musical tours de force. . . mak[ing] the typical mumblecore scenes in-between that much more boring."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"This is a story of few words, a lot of great music and countless emotional shadings."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Evokes a time when every love affair came with its own soundtrack, and every song seemed to be written only for us."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Chazelle is more interested in having fun with this witty melange than in hammering home a filmic style lesson. So enjoy."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Part 1940s musical, part New Wave, part cinéma vérité, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a modern hybrid in the contemporary mumblecore movement."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"A tribute befitting Boston readily comparable to Woody Allen's bittersweet homage to his own beloved Manhattan!"
‑ Kam Williams,
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