Paper Heart

Synopsis: Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love. Michael Cera becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, Paper Heart combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to get at modern romance.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nicholas Jasenovec
Production: Overture Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Has anyone been in love?

Have you ever been in love?

There's not a soul in the world

that wants to talk to me.


Viva Las Vegas! Whoo!

That's funny.

- What you got there, honey?

- It's a microphone.

Is it?

What do you want me to say?

- You look good.

- Oh, thank you.

You don't know what love is?


Oh, well, that's a shame.

Are you looking for love?

No, not really.

I'm kind of content.

I like all these backup people

you got here.


There's tons of guys out here.

If you go out here,

you can find your soulmate.

I just think

love is a hard thing to find.

When you find it, keep it.

Hold on to it.

- Love?

- Love?

- Yeah.

- Yeah, I love LA.

Is love a good thing?

Yeah, a very good thing.


Cool. Thank you.

Thank you.

- Bye.

- Bye.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Charlyne Yi!


Argh! Argh!

Charlyne Yi!

Charlyne Yi!

Charlyne Yi!

I do.

So you say you don't believe

in love now,

but have you always

felt that way?

I believed in it

when I was a kid,

but again, all my ideas

about love

kind of came from movies

and fairy tales.

And as I grew up I realized

that life is nothing like that.

Was that 'cause you had

your heart broken?


I've only ever had one boyfriend.

I thought I really liked him.

I thought he was all dark and mysterious

and he had shadows

under his eyes.

But then I realized that was only

because he was on drugs.

Hey, Gill, this is Nick.

We're making a documentary

about Charlyne and love.

We were wondering if we could

ask you some questions.


Do you think

I'll learn something?

Do you think

it's possible?


You're probably thinking,

"Is this how Charlyne really is?"

This hair... it's a wig.

It's not my hair.

Made you think it was a wig.

Made you think it wasn't my hair.

Looks nothing like that.

So you don't know what love is.

You've never felt it, so you claim.

And you also know for sure

that you will never be in love.

- Yeah.

- I'm dumbfounded.

I've never been in love, ever,

so I'm not sure

if I'm capable of it.

Well, why do you think

that you would be someone

who wasn't capable of it?

You're a very loving person.

That's what you think.

You're dedicated to creative things.

There's passion inside you.

Your love glass is half full.

You're very optimistic.

- You've never been in love?

- No.

And it's...

This is gonna come out,

probably, wrong,

but is it because

you're not lovable?

You think I'm not lovable,


No, I'm asking, do you feel not loveable?

Do you feel not valuable?

'Cause I think

you're potentially valuable.

I think if Charlyne ever falls in love

- she'll keep it very close to herself.

- Yeah, private.

I don't think she's gonna make it

public to anybody.

Do you think that Charlyne

believes in love

even though she says she doesn't?

You think Charlyne will ever

find love?

I hope so too.

Bye, Gill.

So why do you want to make

a documentary about love then?

Well, I think everyone means

something to someone.

And we're all a bit skeptical,

but I don't want to end up

a lonely old spinster.

I don't think anyone wants to.

So we're gonna go on the road

and talk to people and hear their stories

and see if that changes

the way you think about love.

- Yep, we'll see.

- That's right. We will see.

Have you ever

been married?

Yes, I was married for 11 years.

And then I got divorced.

And it was the first time

I was married too.

I didn't get married

till I was 43 years old.

I met this young lady

and we got married.

And then, eh,

she just didn't want

to be married anymore.

I don't understand it,

but, you know, she had to do

what was best for her.

And why wouldn't you

get married again?

Because I don't want

to go through the hurt again.

When I took those vows,

for me it was for life,

you know, as far as I was concerned.

But it wasn't.

People fall out of love.

People change.

And what they want

and what the other person wants...

it's just different.

Rack 'em up.

We're tied.

When you get older,

you have all this experience

and then you start thinking about,

you know, your past loves.

And true love is

a whole different thing.

That only comes once in a while...

once in a lifetime, I think.

- Have you had that?

- Yes, I have.

Was that with your ex-wife?

No, as a matter of fact.

It was... God, it must be,

like, 20 years ago,

but every time I hear her name

immediately the image of her

pops in my head

and I get those little butterflies

and everything like that.

Why didn't it work out?

She was dating somebody else

at the time

and she just...

she was, like, this close

to giving it up

and being with me,

and she just couldn't do it.

And did you know she was

dating someone at the time?

Yeah, but what does that matter?

If they're not married or engaged,

they're fair game.

- You think so?

- You know what I mean? Yeah.

I mean, it's just a boyfriend.

'Cause, I mean, you could be

the one she's really looking for, right?

But I think the problem

with true love is

that it has to be

on both sides.

That's what makes it

so difficult.

Like she might have been

my true love,

but maybe I wasn't her true love.

See, you got me talking about love

and I can't even shoot pool anymore.

While we're talking about love

and true love,

how do you know

if you ever found love?

Well, I'll tell you

a little story.

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