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Puccini for Beginners

Maria Maggenti follows her debut feature, The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, with this smart romantic comedy about an opera-loving, commitment-phobic lesbian novelist (Elizabeth Reasor). Dumped by her lover (Julianne Nicholson), she gets involved with a philosophy scholar (Justin Kirk) and, unwittingly, his fragile girlfriend (Gretchen Mol), but as the writer points out, “Going from salad to steak and back again isn't as easy as it seems.” Fresh Manhattan locations prove as photogenic as the leads, and the supporting actors—especially Tina Benko as a glacial, impeccably dressed amazon—don't miss a beat of Maggenti's snappy dialogue. 82 min.

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