Jasenovec, Charlyne YiCinematographer:
Yi, Michael Cera, Jake JohnsonStudio/Run Time:
Overture Films, 88 mins.Awkward love blossoms for Cera and Yi in experimental documentaryIn Paper Heart, comedienne Charlyne Yi takes it upon herself to investigate her own romantic anomie in a series of forcibly adorable interview segments with married couples, Tarot readers and Michael Cera.
Calling the experience a documentary isn’t entirely accurate, as a scripted courtship with Cera (playing himself in repressed man-child excess) makes this as much a handheld art romp as an objective exercise in puppy love.
But sequences including a sobering interview with a gay New York couple
inject much-needed substance into an overdose of post-Juno ironic
Sweet, rambling and flimsy, this pleasant examination on the frailty of
human attraction might not reverse divorce statistics, but it does make
for a delightful date-night alternative.
Watch the Paper Heart trailer: