Punch-Drunk Love
Saturday 3 December 2022 / 8:30 p.m. / Světozor
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson / Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán etc. / Year of Production: 2002 / Country: USA / Runtime: 95 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: Czech / 15+
At the turn of the millennium, the today highly respected directing icon Paul Thomas Anderson already had such distinctive features behind him as Boogie Nights and Magnolia, and yet he managed to surprise the film-going public with this eccentric romantic comedy and winner of the directing award at the Cannes Film Festival. Surprisingly, Anderson decided to have the popular comedian Adam Sandler star in his distinctive homage to classic Hollywood comedies and musicals, which not only delights and charms, but also confuses audiences by its complexity. It is hard not to fall in love with Sandler’s Barry Egan, a young introvert with a tendency towards occasional outbursts of rage who runs a small business selling toilet supplies. This sympathetic oddball in a blue suit is the protagonist of a charming romance whose improbable plot recalls another great director’s lesser known film, Minnie and Moskowitz by John Cassavetes.