Intermezzo: A Love Story vs. Shopgirl



Older man, ingenue, how many ways can this go wrong? At least two. Shopgirl is strangely emotionally flat, given the lead is in love, lost in life and depressed. It's like the entire film has been on Prozac. Intermezzo is a more traditional tale of a married man who's eye is turned by a younger woman. It's muted tone comes from a time when stiff upper lips were in fashion. So which does the better job of portraying their inner turmoil with a blank face? I'm giving it to Claire Danes over Leslie Howard.