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This is the story of Mirabelle, portrayed by Claire Daines, a twenty-something girl from Vermont that is living in L.A. and works as a shop girl in a famous department store. Each night, Mirabelle comes home to her plain second story apartment, calling for her cat Sylvia that continously hides from her. Mirabelle's life is as simple as her wishes. She is not out for fame or fortune, but rather is looking to be recognized as a person who is valuable, has something to offer and should be loved for all the right reasons. When Mirabelle meets Jeremy, a scruffy artist that is awkward and socially inept, she gets involved with him because "sometimes women just want to be held", as she hears on a radio talk show. But there is no romance with Jeremy and when Ray Porter, an older rich man offers her roses, dinners and polite conversations, Mirabelle is soon swept up by his gentlemanly behavior. While Ray can offer her all the things that young girls dream off - beautiful dresses, quiet dinners by candle lights, weekend trips to NYC - he also remains emotionally distant. The viewer watches Mirabelle get involved with both men, learning not only about herself and what is important to her, but also about life's and love's complications.
While the story centers around Mirabelle, both Ray and Jeremy are also very well developed as characters.Read more ›
Claire Daines plays a 20-something who moved from Vermont to LA to make a name for herself as an artist. She starts dating a young slacker (Jascon Schwartzman) and soon after also starts dating an older entrepreneur (Steve Martin). Each time she goes on a date with Martin we see the awkwardness that results in an older man pursuing a (much) younger woman. But it's never played off for simple laughs. It is shown to us in a very realistic honest way.
Although the film could be classified as a romantic comedy, or a dark comedy, or a light drama... or something along those lines, I don't think it really falls into any of those categories. It's more the story of a young woman finding her way in life. Claire Danes is remarkable, and so are Martin and Schwartzman. The acting in this film really help set the mood, as does the lighting, and cinematography. It really feels like this film was put together very carefully for our viewing pleasure.
Mirabelle (Claire Danes in a subtle, ingratiating performance) is lonely and her job as a Saks 5th Avenue salesgirl affords her no opportunity to meet anyone...that is until she meets super-rich Ray Porter (Steve Martin) and at the same time super-poor, Jeremy ( a manic Jason Schwartzman).
Like the novella on which it is based, "Shopgirl" offers up a simple triangle of three lost souls looking for a mate: Mirabelle, the dreamer without the wherewithal emotionally or socially to do much about pursuing her dreams, Ray: filthy-rich, worldly...who sees what he wants in Mirabelle and easily gathers up her bony, rail thin soul in his arms and Jeremy: bright, ambitious, socially and physically inept bursting with big love and big feelings who targets Mirabelle as the receptacle for all of his stuff.
All of this ends on a bittersweet note: neither tragic nor heart-poundingly upbeat. But like Life outside of the Movies: it goes like that sometimes.
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Martin displays none of his usual wit here - the atmosphere is as dry as the LA air, almost anodyne. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Matthew Bentley
I saw this movie many years ago and found myself thinking about it throughout the years. Finally I bought it and re-watched it. It was even better than the first time around. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nat Rose
Good story - Clare Danes is excellent - Steve Martin is great in an understated role - Did not care much for Jason Schwartzman's character - just a personal thing but he cleaned up... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sterling Munce
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Try the director's commentary track. Whether or not you agree that he succeeds in what he sets out to do, he does explain a lot of what you ask about.
Feb 7, 2007 by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt | See all 2 posts
Fact some stores will charge whatever they feel they can get away with.Why some people are more apt to buy an item if the price is raised.Furthur when one store is charging 29.99 another is charging 14.99 and 19.99.My review was removed when i stated point blank you are being ripped off.I rewrote... Read More
May 31, 2006 by stewart L | See all 6 posts
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This film (and then later book) struck a chord in my own personal life as well. This film made me pause and consider the May-December relationships that I was involved in as a young woman in Los Angeles. It explained some things to me that I had not considered about my youth. Thank you Mr.... Read More
Aug 15, 2007 by K. Webster | See all 2 posts
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I'm not sure if you really understood it. Did you read the book? I (and many, many other women I know) were stunned at how acute Steve Martin's insight into the female brain was. It was the first tine, for many of us, that we felt an author had truly spoken to us.
I don't see Mirabelle as... Read More
Jun 13, 2006 by K. Tapley | See all 6 posts