Love lost

In the movies, romances fail for reasons of class, money, scandal, race, death, noble sacrifice or—more recently—fear of commitment. Shopgirl may be the first Hollywood love story in a long time to revolve around the inability to love.

The shopgirl of the title is Mirabelle Buttersfield, played by the talented Clare Danes, who has been waiting years for such a juicy role. Mirabelle sells expensive gloves at Saks Fifth Avenue in a fancy section of Los Angeles. She spends her days staring at the world going by and wondering what life has in store; she spends her nights feeding her cat and figuring out how to pay off her student loans.

While waiting for an epiphany, she begins an on-again, off-again relationship with sweet but goofy Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman from Rushmore), who sells amplifiers and designs logos for rock bands. Jeremy’s idea of a date is to sit outside a fancy nightclub and stare at their neon signs.

 

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