A Broken Sole (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Broken Sole (2007)





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Six people become three couples in the wake of the emotional chaos of 9/11 in this three-part drama adapted from the off-Broadway play by Susan Charlotte. Hilary (Judith Light) is a fiftysomething movie buff who teaches film studies. On the afternoon of September 11, she discovers there's a hole in her shoe, and she turns to a cobbler (Danny Aiello) with a passion for opera for an emergency repair; while they don't get along at first, they bond over a shared love of the classic Italian film The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. Elsewhere, Nan (Margaret Colin) is a would-be actress who supports herself working at a travel agency who is trying to make sense of her on-again, off-again relationship with filmmaker Bob (John Shea). And a real-estate woman with a bad case of nerves (Laila Robins) has her expectations up-ended by a chatty taxi driver (Bob Dishy). A Broken Sole was the first feature film from director Antony Marsellis.
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Danny Aiello
as Shoemaker
Judith Light
as Shoemaker's Customer
Laila Robins
as Cabbie's Passenger
Bob Dishy
as Cabbie
Margaret Colin
as Dyslexic Lover’s Lover
John Shea
as Dyslexic Lover

Critic Reviews for A Broken Sole

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The artificiality of the proceedings, which are marked by schematic characterizations, obvious metaphors and stilted dialogue, is not alleviated by the director's choice of visuals.

November 20, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Boringly staged tableaus of self-involved yuppies and sentimentalized white working-class ethnics struggling to connect.

Full Review… | November 4, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The rhythms of Charlotte's mannered, artificial dialogue are better suited to stage than screen -- each segment started life as a one-act play and overall the film works better as a conversation starter than drama.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007

A Broken Sole is a bad movie, worse theater.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Broken Sole

This is one of the worst movies I've ever had the misfortune of sitting through. Very prententious. How dare the writer, Susan Charlotte, use the poor unfortunate souls that died on 9/11 as a backdrop for this pitiful pile of garbage. I can tell you persoanlly, that on that day at around 3:00pm, when the movie depicts the scene in the shoemakers store, there was absolutely no traffic on the streets, other than emergency vehicles. In her movie, traffic flows past the door as if it were any other day. This type of inaccuracy is unacceptable. The stories are trite and have no basis in any reality that I know of. Has Miss Charlotte been in a taxi recently? There aren't any Americans that drive taxis anymore. Boring, boring, boring. I attended the 10:10pm showing on the second day of it's release. Only five people were in attendance. 2/3 of the way through the first story, a couple left. Before the mid-point of the 2nd story another man left, cursing under his breath. Only two of us managed to make it to the end. And I only stayed because I knew I would have to wait in Penn station for the next train. I figured that I might as well wait in the theater and hope the movie improved. It did not.

John Count
John Count

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