Stranger Says: It’s a tale as old as time: He is a sensitive poet with a low sperm count, and she is a horny debtor who wants a child. Plans to start a family break down when he falls for a hot teen boy who works at a nearby doughnut shop. Some beauty gets lost in translation here, but otherwise the film is aesthetically gorgeous without being cloying, the story is brutal without being melodramatic, and the script is surprisingly full of great lowbrow jokes. Best of all, the movie accurately portrays the process of poem-making: lots of scenes of the poet taking long walks and scraping the world for language, very few of him sitting down in a beam of light and taking dictation from the muse.
by Rich Smith