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Queenie in Love (2001)

Original Title : Queenie in Love
Director : Amos Kollek
Writer : Amos Kollek
Genre : Comedy
Romance
Country : France
Language : English
Producer : Pascal Breton , Olivier Brémond , Amos Kollek , Avram Ludwig , Jean-Louis Piel , Rob York
Music : David Carbonara
Photography : Ed Talavera
IMDB ID : 0285963
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poster for "Queenie in Love" by Amos Kollek (2001)
Queenie in Love (2001) - Amos Kollek
 

Starring

Victor Argo Horace
Valerie Geffner Queenie
Louise Lasser Martha
Mark Margolis Spencer
Austin Pendleton Alvin
Joey Dedio Chino
Kris Carr Tzocki
David Wike Skip
Joe Grifasi Berthold rest of cast listed alphabetically Pascale Armand .... Cashier
Itcho Avital Tour Guide
Jon Avner Casting Director
Annica Bejhed The poodlegirl
Erin Bosse Dominatrix
Aliya Campbell Receptionist
Jordan Charney Father
Dafna Engel Waiting wall woman
Phillip S. Goodman Man at Door
Margaret Hall Mother
Heather Rae Hatten Yashiko
Cole Hawkins Hector
Jim Hoyt Father of the Bride
Neal Jones Doctor
Alexei Kaleina Queenie's Friend
Jeremy Kareken Groom
James Kiberd Liquer store owner
Avigayeel Kollek Girl in Playground
Mikel Sarah Lambert Mrs. Zuckerman
Avram Ludwig Priest
Rob Ludwig Robin the Hammer (as Robin David Ludwig
Anjolie Malhotra Girl Kissing in Bar
Rizwan Manji Ahmed
Susan Misner Chick
Larry Pine Director
Jay Potter Butler
Matthew Powers Barman
Joan Price Mrs. Frisbee
J.J. Quinn Dr. Zuckerman
Dennis Reiff Man Kissing Girl in Bar
Bruce Siegel Dungeon Man
Irma St. Paule Mrs. Newman
Gloria Wilens Partygoer
 

Plot

24 year old Queenie prefers the slums of the East Village in Manhattan to her parents multi-million dollar estate in Westchester. A wacky character who plays pranks on everyone, Queenie works as a social worker with kids while unsuccessfully pursuing an acting career in New York. Horace is a middle-aged ex-cop who lives by himself in the same neighborhood. Having been diagnosed by his doctor as terminal with only a few months to live, Horace starts going to a shrink and tries to find meaning to his life, at which point he meets Queenie, who takes him on a whirlwind of a ride, before they finally, truly find one another. Horace's milieu also includes Martha and Spencer, a married couple of ex-gangsters now living a mundane life supplementing their income by throwing occasional S&,M orgies for a few dollars. Queenie's crowd includes Skip, her fiancé, an ambitious Wall Street broker, and her best friend, Tzocki, who is about to be married.
 

Comments

Top class work but... It's the kind of movie you take in and you're pleased to watched it because it's lovely acted and the directing is accurately in line with the story. It's also well-written and there are some good laughs round the corner. In fact Amos Kollek manages to dissolve the bitterness and that makes it all the more striking. Eventually one of my friends called it pointless since the development is good but reaching an end more difficult. If you're an out-of-towner you may find the messed-up characters over the top. The humanity they stand for is quite universal but most remains personal in a way only single Jews in big US cities will feel touched. A good movie for its film qualities but too personal a context for me to find it even better. When it comes to proselytism it's rather highbrow.