• Publication date: May 1, 2010

Lonely Hearts Three men searching for love

Scottish writer-director David Kane exerts great effort to introduce his wonderful film, �Born Romantic�, a bittersweet comedic ensemble piece about London lonely hearts struggling with the quest for love.

Scottish writer-director David Kane exerts great effort to introduce his wonderful film, �Born Romantic�; a bittersweet comedic ensemble piece about London lonely hearts struggling with the quest for love.

In this delightful romantic comedy, Jimmy (Adrian Lester) is a Brixton cab driver, who, along with a pair of nameless co-workers (John Thomson and Ian Hart) offers philosophical musings and observations on love, while ferrying a group of confused singles to and from a popular salsa club.

Frankie (Craig Ferguson) is a Dean Martin wannabe looking to escape the sloping flat he shares with his angry ex-wife, while Eddie, a dim-witted thief, stumbles on the club when trying to outrun the police.

Both men find themselves returning after meeting Eleanor (Olivia Williams), a cold, brutally blunt art historian to whom Frankie is drawn, and Jocelyn (Catherine McCormack), a nerdy, death-obsessed grave tender, who attracts Eddie.

Meanwhile, Fergus (David Morrissey) a failed rock-n-roller, begins a search for his long-lost love, Mo (Jane Horrocks), armed only with a list of her "likes" to track her down.

It could be said that Kane's film is a comedy that truthfully examines urban loneliness and the difficulties of finding and keeping love. As a talented director, Kane sets a brisk pace and never lets it lag, and his transitions between the storylines are executed perfectly, which gives the film a rhythm and flow that takes the viewer along with it.

The movie was released in 2001, with a run time of 96 minutes.