Gordon Green's second film, All the Real Girls, is a wonderfully
simple and poetic work of art. I love how this film makes
me feel, and what it represents, emotionally and artistically.
Much like Green's brilliant debut film, George Washington,
All The Real Girls is reminiscent of the breathtaking films
of the great Terrence Malick at least on the level of the
dreamlike feeling it evokes. The viewer is quietly absorbed
in the lives and atmosphere of these truly fascinating characters.
The film is a quiet, dreamlike examination of the human souls
emotional happiness and sadness that go with falling in love.
It's a poetic and honest film that avoids many screenwriting
clichés that tend to follow similar films. All the
Real Girls never cheats either the audience or it's characters,
and ultimately never cheats the true emotions and feeling
of falling in love. The performances are tremendous, particularly
by Zooey Deschanel, who's completely charming and lovable!
All The Real Girls is a film that cherishes both life and
cinema. Absolutely a rare and deeply honest film of youth,
love, and human nature from a gifted filmmaker. Like the influences
of the 1970s (Walkabout, The Last Picture Show, and Malick's
Days of Heaven or Badlands) Green captures emotions and feelings
through atmosphere and mood more so then plot. There's such
a timeless and placeless quality within his films. From the
wonderful song over the opening credits to the first word
of dialogue ("I'm looking at that rusty bucket over
there, and I'm thinking, I like you. I like you because I
can say what's on my mind."), All the way through
the breathtaking final shot and into the song over the closing
credits, All the Real Girls is an incredibly absorbing and
unforgettable experience. David Gordon Green is the poetic
master of his generation. A filmmaker that redefines the boundaries
of cinema with artistic work of feeling and of sensitive human
emotions, and of compassion, and of friendship, and of love,
and of humor, and of hope. All is beautiful and equal in the
cinematic world of Green's films. It's really difficult to
describe how brilliant I believe this film is, but I know
that anything I have or will say does not do it any justice.
It leaves me breathless with joy and hope. To me, All The
Real Girls is perfect in every sense of the word. I deeply
love this film and rate it among my very favorite ever made!
"You have my heart