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Jim Jarmusch and Dianne

film: And yet, Tewkesbury's film, initially reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, is the rare yarn in which the protagonist grows more mysterious as the story progresses, according to Rabble. By the end of Old Boyfriends, the audience will learn a bit about Dianne's past, but it may ultimately feel as if you understand her less than you did at the start of the film. As Dianne explains her intentions via voiceover, I realized if I could figure out why I loved them then, I could figure out myself and love myself. Old Boyfriends opens with a dramatic helicopter shot of a car speeding through the streets of Los Angeles before crashing into a stone wall, followed by a disconnected shot in which we see Dianne's hand dial an unknown number and hold the receiver up to a speaker that's playing the Duprees's You Belong to Me. Each time that Dianne tracks down a man from her past, she seems to create a new personality for herself. It's indicative of Tewkesbury's deliberately alienating approach that we don't grasp the import of these scenes until nearly halfway through the film, by which point it's difficult to connect them to the Dianne we've come to know, a woman who is, by turns, mousy, playful, emotionally withdrawn, and sexually forward. ( As reported in the news.