I love this film. I watched it on Wednesday for the second time, on my penultimate night in my first student house with my boyfriend and a snuggy and tea. Norah Jones is perfect and too beautiful as the broken-hearted Elizabeth. She drops into a New York cafe late at night to dump her keys for her cheating boyfriend. Here she finds Manchester lad Jeremy (Jude Law) running the cafe, who is on hand with a listening ear, stories of all the other keys in the jar, and inexplicably, an intact blueberry pie night after night.
Elizabeth: So what’s wrong with the Blueberry Pie?
Jeremy: There’s nothing wrong with the Blueberry Pie, just people make other choices. You can’t blame the Blueberry Pie, it’s just… no one wants it.
Elizabeth: Wait! I want a piece.
Elizabeth takes off across America, ending up waitressing and doing bar work in Memphis, saving to buy a car. Here she encounters Arnie, a good Cop with a different kind of broken heart, who broke MY heart by coming into the bar to run up a huge tab celebrating his ‘last night of drinking’ night after night. His ex, the sexy Sue Lynn (Rachel Weisz) turns up every so often causing Arnie unbearable pain and makes for some strong, emotional scenes. She later meets Leslie (Natalie Portman) in Las Vegas, a professional gambler who can help Elizabeth get her car but who is struggling with pain of her own under her poker face.
Elizabeth writes to Jeremy, never leaving him her address, feeling more open and free through words, working through her pain as she witnesses the lives and struggles of others and walks a bit of their journey alongside them. See, letters. I love letters! Jeremy tries to find her, finally getting on the phone to an Elizabeth at The Memphis Bar and Grill, and speaking to her for 5 minutes, knowing all the while it isn’t her but just missing the broken-hearted blueberry pie girl who just disappeared.
It’s a beautiful film, I loved the atmosphere of Jeremy’s late night neon sign-ed cafe, I loved the idea of people leaving their keys, I loved Norah Jones, I thought Arnie was a great character, Leslie was so interesting as a young untrusting gambler, I loved that Elizabeth preferred writing letters in 2007, and I especially loved all the blueberry pie that nobody wanted but Elizabeth.
So many lovely quotes from this film, I’ll leave you with this one:
Elizabeth: The last few days, I’ve been learning not to trust people and I’m glad I’ve failed. Sometimes we depend on other people as a mirror to define us and tell us who we are and each reflection makes me like myself a little more.