Manhattan Romance

| November 9, 2014

Manhattan Romance is a film about a filmmaker who is making a film about couples, in the middle of New York, even though he doesn’t have love of his own. Sounds a bit like a Woody Allen joint, but it isn’t.

Danny, played by Tom O’Brien, who is also a real-life writer and director, plays a commercial editor and doc filmmaker and he is having all kinds of trouble finishing his film. What between him being in love with a woman who is in love with a woman, and then he is fond of another female, who seems to lead a carefree lifestyle—he can’t get a break. Katherine Waterston plays Danny’s best buddy Carla, and Caitlin FitzGerald plays Theresa, who is a bit too loose for Danny’s tastes.

This movie was slow moving, but the theme was interesting enough to keep me holding on. But I guess I don’t get the idea of a man pursuing women whom he knows right out aren’t readily available to be in a relationship. Danny goes back and forth with the women, followed by awkward pauses and “storming out of the door” scenes. He is so consumed with finishing his current project that he doesn’t take enough time to concentrate on his own happiness. Even though I think the film moved kind of slow, in the film Danny finally finishes his project, and old friends, with whom relationships had seemed destroyed, came back to the scene to make for a much happier ending. Manhattan Romance also delivers New York city at its best, and this made it more worthwhile.

The film was recently recognized with the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 New Hampshire Film Festival. This week it premiered as part of the 11th Annual Big Apple Film Festival, which also featured Q&As with filmmakers and talent, discussions with special guests, opening and closing night receptions and a closing night awards ceremony on November 9.

Manhattan Romance will screen Sunday, November 9, at 8:00 p.m. at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., New York, NY. For more information, visit

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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