The Trouble With Perpetual Deja Vu | Chicago Reader

The Trouble With Perpetual Deja Vu

The title may refer to some aspect of the story, but this Gen X drama generates some deja vu of its own: its plot can be found in scores of Hollywood melodramas from the 40s and 50s. Danielle lives on Cape Cod with her eccentric, ex-flower-child mother and her formerly punkish husband, who's now a small-time real estate agent. She goes off to party regularly and has an affair with a former classmate, but when the question of whether she'll leave her husband is finally broached, I didn't much care. The characters exude a studied ennui made blander by the repetitive, disco-ish music; director Todd Verow uses digital video with some success—the cape in winter is suitably drab—but the handheld camera often seems busy and ill controlled, distracting from the action rather than bringing it to life.

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