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Breaking Upwards (2009)

Daryl Wein , Andrea Martin , Daryl Wein  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Daryl Wein, Andrea Martin, Julie White, Pablo Schreiber
  • Directors: Daryl Wein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7F1IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In a fresh modern spin on Woody Allen s Annie Hall, director Daryl Wein depicts two witty, charmingly klutsy and real New Yorkers but instead of falling in love, they re trying to fall out of love. Like Allen s best work, this film is also bursting with a brilliant cast including Emmy and Tony winner Andrea Martin (SCTV, My Big Fat Greek Wedding); Tony winner Julie White (Transformers, Monsters Vs. Aliens), and Tony nominee Pablo Schreiber (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, TV s The Wire). Daryl and Zoe (played by real-life couple Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones) still care for each other, but the zip has gone out of their romance. They decide to craft a really good breakup: instead of just saying goodbye after all, they still like each other they date four days a week and see other people for the other three days. Simple, right? Not once their mothers and friends and would-be lovers get in on the act. Co-written by Wein and Lister-Jones and based on their real-life experiences, Breaking Upwards is the freshest romance in years.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film!!! October 12, 2010
By Eddie
I must say, "Breaking Upwards" is amazing. It brings a fresh dose of reality (not to mention cultural relevance) to indie cinema and the romantic comedy genre. It's funny, intelligent, enormously entertaining, and ultimately heartfelt. Both Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein resonate with stellar performances, and the supporting cast rounds out the film perfectly. An evening watching this film is an evening well invested. I cant wait to see it again. It's a unique story and the characters are dynamic and relatable. I laughed out loud a lot at this movie, but it definitely had incredibly real moments. This film was shot in New York for only 15K!!! I'm so impressed by the resourcefulness of these filmmakers, and it inspires me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the more unexpected surprises I've seen lately, I didn't have any preconceived notions going into the indie romance "Breaking Upwards." I definitely classify this slight, but appealing, film as a romance--but it is a romance about breaking up! These independent, micro-budget relationship dramas are ubiquitous on the film festival circuit. They have a tendency to be over-written, slightly precious, or painfully earnest--sometimes a combination of all three! But, I'll tell you what, I fell for "Breaking Upwards." Funny, but real, the likable cast is inevitably the primary selling point of the film. Using the basis of their real life relationship as a template for the movie, stars Daryl Wein (who also directed) and Zoe Lister Jones play versions of themselves and share writing credits with Peter Duchan due to the improvisational nature of much of the action. Easy, clever, and identifiable--there is much to appreciate in this sly look at contemporary dating.

On the surface, Daryl and Zoe seem to be an ideal couple. Apparently Zoe, however, is unenthusiastic about certain aspects of their on-going courtship. As far as I could ascertain, she is bored by their sex life. There isn't much more depth to her dissatisfaction and she initiates a plan where the couple only spend four nights a week together. This new found freedom starts to affect each in different ways and all I can say is be careful what you wish for! Soon Daryl is making a new life for himself while Zoe experiences that being single again isn't all that she had imagined. The couple, who on a fundamental level love one another, have to decide whether to get back together or whether it's already too late.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily watchable low budget indie November 30, 2011
This New York Jewish couple try breaking up, but they have a hard time of it. She's bored with their sex life, but she doesn't quite see how dependent she is on him. He's willing to go along with a 4 night a week plan, but she is the one who ultimately doesn't get what she wants. I like these low budget indie films when they work, and this one does. Watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful film about the little moments in breakups January 2, 2012
By rawrrr
how long can a love last? what happens when you get bored but still love a person? can it be solved by 'trying harder' or is a breakup inevitable?
this film explores the breakup period of a couple that truly loves each other, but are a bit bored at once. they can't quite let go but can't quite move on either. a lot of interesting one-liners about love and life and whether forever is possible.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good film, terrible disc January 18, 2011
By Kees
Breaking Upwards is one of those grounded realistic portrayals of today's relationships that rarely make an impact. This film too struggles between being a touching drama and a pop-culture reference board, which from a marketing point of view is a well thought-of decision. But it's not a quality that will raise a film to a new level, let alone have it stand on both feet. Somehow debuting director Daryl Wein knows exactly how to set up his movie with a bare minimum of dialogue; this is eventually where the film gets his strengths, narrativity. With an 89 minute running time though, even this can work on some nerves. Recommended, though it might be a good idea to 'add this to your Netflix queue', because...

The disc is an utter disaster. Visuals are overcontrasted and color is extremely aggressive. This might be the sort of look the makers were going for, but for a story rooted in realism, something a little more bland is more than welcome. This is only made worse by a ridiculous 4:3 ratio, which causes the quality of the image on this SL DVD to drop to below standard. The sound is OK, boosting a little in music sequences but overall keeping it limited to atmosphere & chit-chat panning.
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