From Edtv to Last Tango in Paris: the cinematic simpaticos of Paper Hearts
By Kimberley Jones,
7:19AM, Thu. Aug. 20, 2009
The media has had a field day trying to suss out how much of Nick Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi's "hybrid documentary" Paper Heart is truth and and how much is fiction – specifically, whether the film's depiction of a blossoming romance between stars Yi and Michael Cera (Superbad) is rooted in reality or not. Honestly, we find that question far less engaging than the ones Yi poses in "man on the street" interviews all across America, in her often comical quest to figure out love – up to and including if it exists at all. In the documentary-like portions of the film, Yi's like a pint-sized Michael Moore: less bullish, more giggly, but just as game. Full-contact, first-person filmmaking isn't the only tradition Paper Heart, which opens in Austin on Friday, is working in; click on the photo gallery for more of Paper Heart's cinematic simpaticos.