By Owen Gleiberman
Updated February 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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Puccini for Beginners

type
  • Movie
genre

As Allegra, a bisexual New York novelist carrying on concurrent love affairs in Puccini for Beginners with fluttery Gretchen Mol and stoic Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, so vibrant in last year’s Sweet Land, has a bloom that recalls Debra Winger in her playful prime. She makes sensual confusion seem sexy and wise. The plot, which spins around Allegra’s lovers having just been an item, is awkward bedroom farce, but the tone is Woody Allen-meets-The L Word, with a patina of literary cuteness that now seems like the sound of a vanished Manhattan. B-

Puccini for Beginners

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 82 minutes
director
  • Maria Maggenti

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