Shopgirl

Sunday 27 July 2008

Written by Steve Martin and based on his novel, he also stars in Anand Tucker’s film as Ray Porter, a millionaire who falls for shy shopgirl Mirabelle Buttersfield (Claire Danes). She’s an aspiring artist working to pay off her student fees and not only does he sweep her off her feet, he pays for everything. But also in her life is Jeremy Schwartzman, who’s an artist too – well, he stencils the boxes amps that come in. He’s a slacker but he loves her, while to Porter, she’s merely an acquisition. The film tenderly and perceptively observes Mirabelle’s predicament as the two men’s characters, warts and all, are drawn out and she is placed in the position where she must choose one or the other.

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