I really really enjoyed this film, and cried (the first and only time I’ve ever cried in the cinema; there are many other films that make me cry, but I’ve some how never seen them at the cinema). It’s rare that there is a film I can actually ‘relate to’, as in characters with lives a bit like mine in a way (Ghost World is basically the other one), and it really genuinely moved me. I even quoted it in an anthropology essay about houses and how they are metaphors for people. The bit about ‘home’ was the bit that made me cry. My friend I went to see it with found Nathalie Portman’s character annoying, and whilst I undrestand why she would find that, I found her quite charming. It was really great how everyone had this sadness in their lives, just like real life. It was also a very funny film. I have mixed feelings about the soundtrack: I love the two tracks by the Shins (but mostly the introduction to Caring is Creepy) and Let Go. In Britain we’ve been so bombarded with Cold Play for every sad scene on tv for the last few years, that it’s use here just seems cheap, maybe for Americans there is still some novelty in its misery. The rest of the songs I’m really not that interested in, although they are of course very ‘pleasant’.