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Twice Upon A Yesterday

Have you ever done something in a relationship so horrible, so stupid, that you wish you could go back and fix it? Victor (Douglass Henshall) did. He cheated on Sylvia (Lena Headey) and then told her about it. As a result, they broke up, and now that she is getting ready to marry another many, Victor realizes what a buffoon he was, and wishes things happened differently. Here is where Twice Upon A Yesterday is different from most other romantic movies. Victor does get a second chance.

While wallowing in his sorrow, he meets two garbage men that may or may not be the reincarnations of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It sounds very strange, but seems perfectly normal when you're watching this movie. After some revelry, he falls asleep, and wakes up in the morning, wanting to go home. On his way home, he begins to realize that something is wrong. No, not necessarily wrong. Somehow, he has gone back to the day when he told his girlfriend. This is his second chance. He resolves not to tell her, and to become a great boyfriend. After all, she is the right woman for him. Sylvia notices the change in, and she likes it. Then, again, things start to move out of Victor's control. She meets the man that previously (or depending on how you look at it, in the future) she was to marry. No one realizes this except Victor, and he does everything he can to try and quell their obvious attraction to each other. Then, he meets an attractive bar tender (Penelope Cruz), and things get even more complicated.

Twice is a charming look at second chances. It is almost a romantic comedy, but there's not quite enough comedy to make it one. It's a quiet, unassuming film about two people trying to do what they each think is right. You can really empathize with Victor for wanting to do the right thing, and feel sorry for him when, despite all that he's done, things look like they're not working out. The sad thing about this film is that no one is going to see it. It will probably come and go in American theaters, just because it's a foreign film. Come on - it's in English! Penelope Cruz, wonderful as always, is an actress that America has yet to discover. She wildly popular in Europe (she's Spanish) and this was her second English speaking role (her first was in The Hi-Lo Country). Hopefully this will all change next year, when she's scheduled to have a major role in All The Pretty Horses with Matt Damon, the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling book.
Haro rates it: Not bad
1 hour, 30 minutes, Rated R for some language and one sex scene.

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