Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Broken English Details


A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be in director Zoe Cassavetes' entry into the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As if it wasn't depressing enough to be 35 and still single, Nora (Parker Posey) is constantly reminded by her loving but tactless mother (Gena Rowlands) just how unlucky she has been in love. Though Nora longs to enter into a blissful union like the one of her best friend, Audrey (Drea de Matteo), she finds that the dating pool just isn't what it used to be. Things soon begin to look up, however, when Nora makes the acquaintance of handsome Frenchman Julian (Melvil Poupaud). While the two share an instant chemistry that is undeniable, Nora is saddened to learn that Julian will soon be departing for his native soil. When Julian does depart, Nora laments the fact that she wasn't able to express her feelings more effectively. If only Nora could organize her scattered thoughts long enough to remember her love object's last name, she might not have to go searching out every "Julian" in Paris to locate the man of her dreams. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 22, 2007


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Parker Posey Best Female Lead 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Zoe Cassavetes Best First Screenplay 2007 Nominee


Parker Posey
as Nora Wilder
Melvil Poupaud
as Julien
Drea de Matteo
as Audrey Andrews
Gena Rowlands
as Vivien Wilder-Mann
Justin Theroux
as Nick Gable
Peter Bogdanovich
as Irving Mann
Tim Guinee
as Mark Andrews
James McCaffrey
as Perry
Josh Hamilton
as Charlie Ross
Bernadette Lafont
as Madame Grenelle
Michael Panes
as Glen
Santo Fazio
as Bobbi
Russell Steinberg
as Carl
Jean-Paul Scarpitta
as Jean Paul Clement
Bill Wise
as William Gregory
Caitlin Keats
as Jennifer Ross
Dana Ivey
as Elinor Gregory
Roy Thinnes
as Peter Andrews


Zoe Cassavetes
Joana Vicente
Andrew Fierberg
Zoe Cassavetes
John Pirozzi
Andrew Weisblum
Happy Massee
Production Designer
Peter Zumba
Art Director
Selina Van Den Brink
Art Director
Keisuke Konishi
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Mark Cuban
Executive Producer
Stacey Battat
Costume Designer
Stephen Barden
Sound/Sound Designer
Mariela Comitini
First Assistant Director
Adrienne Stern
Jennifer Halpern
Line Producer
Olivier Aknin
Co-Executive Producer
Linus Hume
Line Producer
Joel Thibout
Co-Executive Producer
Jean-Baptiste Babin
Co-Executive Producer
Steven Shainberg
Co-Executive Producer